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Kanye West on Paparazzi

Why I Hate Them ...

Why I Attack Them

7/13/2013 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

071213_kanye_pap_attack_launchThere's a reason Kanye West hates the paparazzi so much -- it's a terrible reason -- but a reason nonetheless ... and it stems from a few rotten eggs, TMZ has learned.

It's no secret Kanye's been running on a short fuse since at least 2008, when he smashed a TMZ camera at LAX. After that, he vowed to have a more peaceful relationship with the media ... but that all changed in 2012.

Sources close to Kanye tell TMZ ... after he started getting serious with Kim Kardashian, he felt a couple of paps would cross the line and ask him inappropriate questions about their relationship in public. We're told he started to feel like certain paps were "heckling" him.

Things escalated in October 2012 during a trip to Miami ... when a local photog -- not a TMZ guy -- asked Kanye and Kim if they would be inviting Kris Humphries and Reggie Bush to their wedding.

Kanye was pissed ... and, rightfully so, felt the photog was just trying to antagonize him.

Things got worse a few months later, after Kim announced she was pregnant -- when another pap started hammering K&K about whether they would invite Ray J to the baby shower.

That, we're told, was the breaking point -- and from that moment on, Kanye decided to impose his "DON'T EVER TALK" policy on anyone with a camera.

Here's the problem ... if Kanye doesn't want to talk to a pap, that's fine -- he has that right. But when he starts attacking people and smashing camera equipment ... dude, you crossed the line.

Take this example, Kanye -- if a white person walked up to you and said the N-word, would you hate all white people??? Would you try to ATTACK every white person you encountered???

Bottom line -- we get why he's upset ... but seriously, GET OVER IT.


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Keep doing it, keep being agitated and pissed off and etc. One day he is going to burst a vein and get stroke. Keep cool dude.

470 days ago

People Annoy Me    

What a sorry excuse. Does he think this will help him? It makes him look like a bigger tool. So a few bad apples mad Kayne all sad and rage. Big deal. He's in the celebrity world. Either he needs to stop acting like a Class A Diva or lock him inside a house for the rest of his life. Either or is fine.

470 days ago


"Take this example, Kanye -- if a white person walked up to you and said the N-word, would you hate all white people??? Would you try to ATTACK every white person you encountered???"


470 days ago


Way to suck up to this goon TMZ.

470 days ago


Jackass, with a capital J

470 days ago


Umm horrible example TMZ. You all always make some slick comment about black people.

470 days ago


TMZ get over it

470 days ago


Kanye knows paps come with the territory. He should ignore them unless he is threatened. Paps want to get a reaction out of him and he falls for it.

470 days ago

KG Smooth    

Passive aggressive much?

470 days ago


You papz are idiots. I would call him to his challenge of don't talk by doing just that! Trust me, it will take him a week and he'll be asking you guys questions. He is an idiot. And he should feel like **** that his kids image is more sought after than him! Get over yourself Kenvy, Your mr runner up always. Look at JayZ? Good family, house, life, and record! Something your punkish ass will never have with Kim. Kanye needs to step back behind the curtain where he belongs. Toxic.

470 days ago


Finally. It's long overdue. TMZ has stopped allowing Kris Jenner to create excuses and spin spin spin. The fact is that there is no reasonable excuse why Kanye is angry 100% of the time. It's not just a paps thing. Look at the situation with Taylor Swift. He's sick and so self absorbed it's painful to watch. He fits right in with the Kardashians EXCEPT for one aspect: They thirst to have the paps take pics and he recoils at the thought of being anywhere in the public eye. He and Kim want completely opposite lives. It won't last much longer and then the lawyers will argue how much she and her mother can sell out the kid for. The real loser in all of this is the baby-if there even IS ONE. I have doubts.

470 days ago


TMZ: You’re using the N-word and racism as your comparison? ..really?

470 days ago


Kanye shoves a 10k camera and threatens a man who is doing his job while complimenting Kanye and you all think it's just fine? My God, don't ever serve on a jury. You couldn't decipher solid evidence if it slapped you in the head. Stop making this a racist event. It's not. Nothing here was out of line except this rapper touching a camera that belongs to TMZ. He's already destroyed one of their cameras in the same local in the same situation. Put the blame where it belongs. KANYE WEST.

470 days ago


It looks like he forgot to take his lamotrigine pill that morning. Paparazzi keep doing it. Its good for him.

470 days ago

Kadar Harris    

What Kanye did here may have been a bit extensive. However the reality is he told the guy to back off. These camera guys be so thirsty to get footage so they can run and sell it to TMZ or Splash they don't know when to quit. Kanye gave him what he was asking for. Oh and to the idiot made the comparison between this incident and a white person calling Kanye a ni**** That comparison makes no sense paparazzi have the same interest getting footage where as all white people aren't the same. I don't even know how one draws that correlation. Anyway your comment was flagged, so DON'T EVER TALK

470 days ago
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