Earlier this week, KanyeÂ West earned headlines for a rambling, egomaniacal interview with BBC Radio in which, among many, many other absurdities, he accused the Italian fashion house Fendi of stealing his design for the world’s least practical athletic wear. In response, the comedian recreated the video of the interview, using two children as Kanye and Zane.
As a result, the â€śYeezusâ€ť rapper launched a Twitter war with Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night, venting over the late-night host poking fun at him for boasting of being the No. 1 rock star on the planet in a BBC interview.
â€śJimmy Kimmel is out of line to try and spoof in any way the first piece of honest media in years,â€ť West tweeted in capital letters. â€śI donâ€™t take it as a joke … You donâ€™t have scum bags hopping over fences trying to take pictures of your daughter. Jimmy Kimmel, put yourself in my shoes.â€ť
Kanye wrote a number of further tweets, criticising the chat show host and the sketch.
“I don’t take it as a joke… You don’t have scum bags hopping over fences trying to take pictures of your daughter.”
He added: “I like you, you know me, I went to your family’s wedding.”
West, 36, also cussed out Kimmel, 45, whom he trashed, among other things, as a “manipulative media motherfâ€“.”
Referring to the comedian’s former girlfriend, Kanye also wrote: “Sarah Silverman is a thousand times funnier than you and the whole world knows it.”
Kimmel, for his part, responded to the verbal melee in his opening monologue Thursday night, telling the audience that an hour before the show, an upset West even made a call to Kimmel, demanding an apology.
“He said a lot of things, he told me I had two choices: No. 1, apologize publicly, and that was really the only choice,” Kimmel said.
“The other choice he gave, was that, ‘Your life,’ he said, ‘is going to be much better if you apologize.’ Then he started tweeting today, and I don’t know if I’ve even seen some of them because they’re happening while we speak.”
The comedian also shared some embarrassing details about his phone conversation with West: “He told me on the phone, and I swear to God this is true, he said, ‘I am the most powerful voice in media. I am Pac!’ … He said, ‘You will never be able to show your face at a 14-year-old’s high school football game and be cool again.’ He really is Pac. That’s right out of the Tupac playbook.’ ”
Kimmel also read some of the tweets as he tried to give a sarcastic quip explaining each one.
“Finally, Iâ€™m in a rap feud. I always wanted to be in a rap feud,” the comedian joked. “Right now weâ€™re at DefKanye Five.”
Some skeptics have suggested the feud may just be another one of Kimmel’s elaborate hoaxes, but that seems unlikely: West isn’t exactly known for having a sense of humor.
During the one hour Radio 1 interview, Kanye West spoke about his relationship with Kim Kardashian, his views on the paparazzi and how he felt racism held back black artists.