Kanye West apologizing to George Bush is totally unnecessary. Lauer telling West that he’s only human, and that he makes mistakes is also unnecessary and condescending, especially when Bush’s apology for the government’s response to Katrina was so flimsy and passive. Also, drawing a parallel between West and Bush because West was accused of racism after the MTV incident kinda trivializes the whole Katrina thing a bit, and/or it makes the Taylor Swift thing seem way more important than it really is. I guess that’s the whole point of interviews like this? I don’t know. At least Lauer isn’t trying to make him cry like Leno did.
That said, West definitely overreacted on Twitter to Lauer’s interview technique, which is probably why West deleted his Lauer-related Tweets later on. Just in case you missed some of them, they went something like this:
I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused. I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore. I can’t be everybody’s hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ! Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!! I don’t trust anyone!
Weird, that was my yearbook quote. Anyway, watch his appearance on the Today Show, below:
Watching the telethon video again, it’s obvious that West was, at that moment, simply nervous and moved by the images coming out of New Orleans when he criticized George Bush. It’s also obvious that Mike Myers’s Second City improv skills were a little rusty:
I don’t know if Lauer asked West anything about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but it’s out 11/22 via Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella.
UPDATE: Lauer mentions that he’s looking forward to West’s performance on the show on 11/26. West said in a Tweet that he’s canceling: “I’m not performing on the Today Show for obvious reasons. I’m so happy the world got to see just a small piece of ‘the set up'”