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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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Sam    

I suggest you should ask one of your white paps to call him the N word. You'll really get the money shot then... *sigh*

474 days ago
212.

janb55    

Kanye--look who your chose to be your "baby momma". And you're complaining about the press??

473 days ago
213.

Gregor    

Keep it up KW and there will be another low hanging sign heading your way.
I think his attitude got worse when the paps caught him walking into that steel sign. That really rattled him but good, and he's never gotten over it.
He's not the man of steel that he thought he was, and the whole world saw it.

473 days ago
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Darlene    

Kanye is a punk! He has always walked around with a scowl on his face, as for KK she was always mugging for the paps until hooking up with Kanye, now she has the same arrogant snarl. These people make their money off of peoples' infatuation with them, you are paid greatly for your no talent, live with.

473 days ago
215.

Karl    

you complain about crossing the line, but at what point do we say continuing to harass Kanye about Kim's past is appropriate, wouldn't that piss off anyone?

473 days ago
216.

mickey    

what is it with these hoodies? They seem to impart an attitude to attack. Check the news bro bad idea.

473 days ago
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Cody     

I honestly think he was right to do this. You paparazzi make me sick. Disgusted. Your behavior is so disgusting and greedy. Selling their lives for money when the people you harass actually work hard to do what they do. It may have not been okay to smash his camera or any type of physically behavior but he was simply boycotting you greedy people. I love how you try to justify your stalking behavior when in fact it's creep and horrible. DOWN WITH THE PAPARAZZI!!! Leave those people alone. Respect privacy. He wanted privacy and I think we all do since the American majority are against the NSA programs....hypocritical. Kudos for Kanye for showing he is not going to stand for that stalking like behavior!!!

473 days ago
218.

enuffoftheks    

P++sy

473 days ago
219.

Kath1    

Kanye is a THUG! Kim is a JERK for putting up with his immature behavior too. If ya don't like the paps, and we all understand why, IGNORE THEM and move on. In a recent episode of the Kardashians Kim was at a coffee shop??? or some place and the paps were all in the windows with cameras BUT KIm sure had to sit on the side so that she FACED them too! Idiots, all of them. Someone needs to start holding Kanye Thug accountable for his atrocious behavior ! He wants the big money but he doesn't want to speak to anyone... get a life THUG ! Freaks we DONT need in life !

473 days ago
220.

Michelle    

You would hate you pic taken too if you were them. The flashbulbs alone would drive you crazy; truly blinding. They were all up in their faces. You can really be injured if you can't see and trip and fall.
Then they get a picture of you looking like a fool, doing the UGLY cry. But kanye is ugly anyway, so he is pissed he can't take a good picture...no matter how hard he tries. ;-)

473 days ago
221.

Jenifer    

While I do feel they are annoyiong (Paparazzi) NO ONE has the right to lay their hands on ANYONE, for any reason. Jerk!

473 days ago
222.

Deion    

That N-word analogy was terrible... and stupid...and ironic coming from a studio full of white guys who have NEVER had that word hurled at them in a demeaning manner. But TMZ doesn't have great race relations anyway.

473 days ago
223.

Reyna     

TMZ IS ****ING RACIST!! WHAT THE **** WAS THAT EXAMPLE? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? NEVER COMING BACK TO THIS SITE.

473 days ago
224.

ChantelBlahh    

Just leave him alone omg I understand hes famous but that doesnt give paps the right to shove something in your face and then you later on get judged. I would hate to have fame I rather have the money.

472 days ago
225.

GetOverYourself    

It's alright, Kanye. You and your urinal...um, I mean girlfriend, should get the respect you deserve. Just because Kim has shown the world everything but her pap smear doesn't mean we have the right to invade your privacy.

P.S. Your new music sucks.

472 days ago
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