Here’s a recap of the big Twitter showdown between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel: Kanye does a BBC interview, Jimmy thinks it’s funny and a bit pretentious and mocks it in a video for his late night show, Kanye doesn’t think it’s funny and goes on a Twitter tirade and the world thinks this is one big old prank.
Turns out, it’s not.
“I wish I had thought of that. I just didn’t,” Jimmy said. “You know, honestly, I’ve been too busy masterminding the giant prank going on in Washington D.C. right now. That one is going gangbusters.”
Kanye says: “People are too scared of getting spooked in a way. Creators get beat up my entire life…I refuse to follow those rules that society has set up and the way that they control people with low self-esteem. This is the one person I know, so I can go and let out everything that I feel about every single bogus Weekly cover. Every single bogus skit…Every person who feels it’s okay to treat celebrities like zoo animals.”
Jimmy defended the 36-year-old rapper, saying, “A lot of people think you are a jerk. I often in my own personal conversations say ‘No. I know this guy. He is not a jerk.’”
Kanye says he’s uncomfortable with being famous: “I’m not running for office, I’m just here to make good music, make people feel good. For me, I’m a creative genius and there’s no other way to word it, and I know you’re not supposed to say those things about yourself. I could care less about any of these cameras, in all honesty. All I care about is my family.”
He later said: “I’m totally weird. I’m totally honest and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. For me to say I wasn’t a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself.”
Watch the interview here!