Bush’s complaint was a perfect moment for Kanye: A chance to point out the hysteria with which people have often reacted to his statements. “Kanye West: I’m Occasionally Inappropriate, Still Not Worse Than Drowning Or Losing Your Home,” the headlines might have read. He would have had back-up. Matt Lauer, who interviewed Bush, pointed out the obvious: “You’re not saying that the worst moment in your presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana,” Lauer said. “You’re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that.” Amanda Marcotte defended West, calling him “the Cassandra of our Troy.” Plenty of other blogs and news outlets weighed in over the next few days to call Bush short-sighted, self-centered, and thin-skinned. And, riding this wave of exposure, sympathy, and support, Kanye West showed up to… apologize. Wait, what?
In which I say that, yup, Kanye West runs off at the mouth, and Kanye West upsets people, and it’s about time for him to stop portraying himself as a severed head on Twitter and own it. Because he’s not always wrong, and because it’s fun. And because I worry about him! Honey, the people who called you racist did so for the purpose of supporting the Tea Party and shit! They’re ridiculous, awful people! I looked at their Internet message boards, and they’re RACIST AS HELL! You don’t need their love. Come to Ohio, and we will have a nice dinner and go bowling. I always sort of secretly thought we would get along.