December 10, 2013


Kanye West Refutes Fake Nelson Mandela Quotes

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Kanye West has been on an interview tear recently, comparing himself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol and (your favorite 20th and 21st century important cultural leader here).

So when humor site The Daily Currant "quoted" the rapper as saying, "I am the next Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don't get me wrong. But I think I'm on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever," many people just accepted it as fact, vented their outrage on social media and moved on with their day.

West took to Twitter to refute the charges, noting that Mandela "sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind" and noting that he "never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders."

West already had enough issues with actual news outlets. Now he has to worry about the fake ones too. Let's hope he finally gets that quiet farm in Iowa.

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West's full statement below.