Kanye West ranted at Jay Pharoah for impersonating him

Kanye West ranted at Jay Pharoah for impersonating him
September 2, 2014 JEREMY FEIST

Kanye West

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Kanye West in the time I’ve spent blogging, it’s that he has the sense of hum our of a funeral director. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone with less of a sense of humor about himself. The reason his face is so baby-smooth is because it’s never been marred by laugh lines. Or laughter. Point is, Kanye is a humourless killjoy. So much so, that he actually ranted at SNL star Jay Pharoah after seeing him do his Kanye impersonation at MTV’s VMAs. Via Us Weekly

“They want to make a joke out of how hard we work,” Kim Kardashian’s husband said while on stage at the Jay Z hosted event referring to Pharoah and one of South Park‘s recent spoofs. “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.”

The rapper went on to tell the crowd that he called Pharoah after the SNL actor’s skit went down at the Aug. 24 award show. “I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards,” 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.”

You’re right, making fun of someone for working hard would be terrible. Except that’s not what’s happening. Jay isn’t making fun of Kanye’s work ethic, he’s making fun of Kanye’s inability to take anything with even the tiniest bit of levity. Hell, Kanye calling him up and ranting at him over at an impersonation just proves his point: Kanye takes himself too f*cking seriously, to the point where he comes across as a delusional megalomaniac. I’m all for taking your craft seriously. I’m all for ambition and drive and determination. But being this unaware of how your own actions come across? Come on, that’s ripe for parody.

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.