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Kanye West just compared the paparazzi to rape

Kanye West just compared the paparazzi to rape
July 7, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Kanye West

Historically speaking, celebrities have never had the best track record with addressing the issue of sexual violence. Sure, there have been a few who have been able to speak about it honestly without losing the importance of the subject matter, but then you have those who think that mild discomforts in their (incredibly cushy) day-to-day life are comparable. So here’s Kanye West as the latest famous person to compare the annoyance of dealing with the paparazzi to rape. The Guardian reports …

“I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherf*****s following me. Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner are like, ‘Hey, this is what we both want to do’.

“But if one of those people don’t want to do that, what is that called? That’s called rape. That is called violation.

“So if I walk around and say look sir, I’m not feeling so good today, I need some space, can you please not fuck with me today? I need cut-off space, not violation.”

Are the paparazzi annoying? Yes, I’m sure they are. And I’m sure it’s intrusive when you’re going about your day in public and people keep photographing you against your wishes. But that’s not comparative. It’s not the same thing. And to suggest that they are on comparative levels if kind of a huge disservice to actual cases of sexual violence. Also, didn’t you marry Kim Kardashian, a woman whose daily life involves multiple cameras? Either her own, or ones that she personally called for the sake of publicity? So yeah, not comparative.

Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.