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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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Danielle123    

I do hate how people become so wrapped up in hating a celebrity that they fail to see or acknowledge when that celebrity is in the right. Kanye's an *******. We all know that. But everybody is entitled to their privacy. People scaling buildings for pictures, jumping in front of cars, chasing you on the highway for pictures is just ridiculous and dangerous. Yet somehow, when these celebrities lash out, it's their fault. I don't care how many millions a celebrity makes. It is flat out wrong, and it not only endangers the life of the celeb, but those within the area as well. And too many of the paparazzi do this for some people to call it an "isolated incident" that he and other celebrities should not get upset about. In his specific case, the heckling, I could give a **** and a half about. With him impregnating Kim Kardashian, that comes with the territory and he should have known to expect that. Some paparazzi do it all in fun, while others do it simply to get a reaction - especially knowing Kanye's temper. People might say its his job to control it but everyone is human and there comes a time when enough is enough and that may be the point where he is at now.

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victoria    

i don't understand why tmz has to compare this to a racist comment.....so ignorant

404 days ago
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Vaio165    

Like that guy on the show says I have a Kramer remark but I don't think I can say it.

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Tiberiuz    

Are you ****ing serious, TMZ? I'd say someone was getting fired for that comment, but it's TMZ, so...

There's definitely a line, and you just crossed it. Paparazzi are an incredible annoyance to a lot of us, and aren't innocent people to begin with. Yes, it's interesting to read up on the lives of celebrities, to see what they do- but in an age where social media exists, why not let everyone speak for themselves?

It doesn't matter if the pap filming Kanye said something nice, something rude, or nothing at all- he was still FILMING HIM- something he has made MORE than perfectly clear he doesn't want done. He's uncomfortable with it, it bothers him, it makes him downright angry. If you put a camera guy on Kanye West, he will inevitably flip out. I have, and would, do the same.

I get the argument that he knows what he got himself in for- he proclaims himself Yeezus and therefore expects followers, but if someone states REPEATEDLY he doesn't want something, show him a little ****ing respect. You've got your 'sources', you don't need to follow him, too.

To compare the paparazzi to.... oh god, I can't even. WHAT were you even trying to say there? Not all white people are ignorant enough to walk up to a black person and call him the n-word, but all paps ARE annoying- even the kind ones- simply for being there. That's it. I don't care if you're a fan, if your employment is such that you get PAID to get this stuff, pay roll style, then there's a problem.

404 days ago
200.

Me    

Kanye=Crazyye

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201.

Russ    

Watch out KW you look like Trayvon Martin and I hear George Zimmerman is free and on the street.

404 days ago
202.

sandi    

This guy is stupid.

404 days ago
203.

Blondie4kix    

Well said TMZ!

404 days ago
204.

Diane    

Doesn't he realize that he's giving them exactly what they want?

404 days ago
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Gsharon 710    

Kanye, hope you have a lot of fans on the other side, because, ex- brother, when you attempted to compare yourself to one in the Trinity... you fell and will never get up.

404 days ago
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hanna    

He is one angry Black man, how can someone with so much success have so much anger

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JenJen    

already setting a great example for his future brat.

404 days ago
208.

Chris    

Seriously...one of the dumbest men alive. He does this to himself because he is too stupid to let it go. He is also the biggest ***** in modern times. I'm surprised he didn't start crying during this latest tantrum. You would have to search far and wide to find two bigger losers for parents than he and Kim. This baby doesn't stand a chance.

404 days ago
209.

Crabby    

He is so ugly.Does KK put a bag over his head in order to do him? He is seriously repulsive.

403 days ago
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EDITH    

what would be great is if all the "paps" left him and kim completely alone then we will see the real fury haha

403 days ago
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