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Last year Kanye West was charged with battery and grand theft after attacking a paparazzo and smashing his camera, a crime for which he was sentenced to probation and anger management classes. TMZ obtained a copy of Kanye’s deposition from the case, during which Kanye made many entertainingly Kanye statements. Besides referring to the photographer as “scum” and calling out the opposing lawyer Nate Goldberg for using the n-word while quoting lyrics from “Flashing Lights” — “You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ’n’ word around me,” he explained — he also declared under oath, “I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever fucking dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears.” Most controversially, he compared celebrities’ battle with the paparazzi to the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, his most outrageous Civil Rights metaphor since the legendary Yeezus lyric “Your titties, let ’em out, free at last/ Thank God almighty, they free at last.” Take it away, ’Ye:

Kanye says there’s a parallel between blacks fighting for civil rights in the ’60s and celebs fighting for theirs today: “I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ’Die Nigger’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also.” Goldberg asks if he equates the struggle of blacks in the past with celebrities today and Kanye says, “Yes, 100 … I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities.”

Kanye goes on, “We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this — guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check.”

Now, look, this is a guy who has photographers haunting him like demons, who bumped his head into a street sign trying to avoid them and probably suffered equivalent psychic damage. As someone who values my own privacy, I don’t envy that aspect of his life. He is in a unique position that we mere mortals can’t fully comprehend. And yet — and yet! — he probably needs to get the fuck out of here with that comparison, don’t you think?

TMZ also notes that when Goldberg asked where he lives, Kanye responded, “Earth.”

Read more at TMZ.

UPDATE: There’s more!

In the depo … Kanye sarcastically asks the photog’s lawyer, “Is your daughter stalked by like drones? Are there drones flying where she’s trying to learn how to swim at age 1?”

Kanye goes on … “Wouldn’t you like to just teach your daughter how to swim without a drone flying? What happens if a drone falls right next to her? Would it electrocute her?”

As for how that could happen, Kanye says, “Could it fall and hit her if that paparazzi doesn’t understand how to remote control the drone over their house?”

[Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP.]

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Comments (14)
  1. “he probably needs to get the fuck out of here with that comparison, don’t you think?” Most unnecessary probably OF ALL TIME.

  2. Kanye in being way over the top shocker. The nonsense he comes out with sometimes is one of the best things about him.

  3. I’m usually all for a good Kanye rant, but this reminds me a little too much of when Adrian Peterson compared the NFL to slavery during the last collective bargaining agreement.

  4. I don’t think it’s anything like the Civil Rights Movement when those being “discriminated” against could buy and sell all our black asses.

    • Thanks for that. I can’t imagine what it’s like (on so many levels) to be an elderly African American and listening to this idiot. Every time he opens his mouth I’m thinking “Nice work, jackass”

  5. Take that, Morrissey!

  6. I don’t know what it is about Kanye. I love a good celebrity nut job that constantly yaps about nonsense. But there’s something about I simply cannot stand. Maybe it’s I never get the feeling that Kanye is in on the joke about Kanye. He never seems to stop “being Kanye”

  7. Y’okay!

  8. I prefer his “getting up to perform is on the same level as fighting a war” analogy.

  9. Drones over the pool, y’all.

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