Kanye West admitted that he confronted comedian Jay Pharoah after his spoof at the 2014 MTV VMAs during a series of rants at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 30.
“They want to make a joke out of how hard we work,” Kanye West said while on stage at the Jay-Z hosted event referring to Jay Pharoah and a recent South Park spoof.
“It’s fine and all funny and everything, but don’t distract from our vision. It’s not a joke what we do up here. This music that we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke.”
Kanye West, 37, went on to tell the crowd that he called Jay Pharoah after the SNL actor’s skit went down at the MTV VMAs.
“I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards,” Kanye West said.
“I said, ‘I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position’ … So we ain’t gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that’s working hard, and helping the next man out.”
Kanye West’s rant also included his relationship with Kim Kardashian.
“For me to be in a very publicized interracial relationship is not a joke,” Kanye West told the crowd of his new marriage.
“It’s something that should be treated with respect cause we’re all in this together.”
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