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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    

KanYAYsus wants everyone to worship him. Instead, the papz throw out questions and comments full of innuendos, which are actually full of TRUTHS and YAYsus, can't handle the truth.

282 days ago
32.

CrucialChoice    

TMZ is so ignorant.

282 days ago
33.

Areader    

If the paparazzi are not at an airport to take a flight then they do not belong there on the hunt for celebrities!

282 days ago
34.

CrucialChoice    

While I cannot stand Kanye or his loose baby mama I don't blame him. Stay out of his face. You guys purposely antagonize him to make him lash out. And WITF does the n-word have to do with anything?!?! You guys are pathetic. Can I please get your site to show something but Kimye? You guys are lazy because you're only picking easy, lame targets.

282 days ago
35.

myopinion    

Well everyone knows Kenye doesn't like the paps so they should stay away from him.....show some respect for others privacy...SMDH

282 days ago
36.

Truth    

DOES ANYONE GIVE A RATS ASS?? OF COURSE NOT... DUDE GET UR SH*T STRAIGHT AND STOP FAME WHORING WITH FAT KIM AND DISAPPEAR ALREADY. GUESS WAT?? PEEPS WILL LEAVE U ALONE AND FORGET UR ASS LIKE THEY ALREADY DO NOW. CAPECHE?? #TRUTH!!

282 days ago
37.

wecomefromacell    

I thought it was when he hit his head in BHand starting crying...

282 days ago
38.

bozzman    

the funny thing is that he expects people to listen to him like he's intimidating. a 4'11" effeminate bully

282 days ago
39.

rob    

Hey Big Head

You are a LOSER!!!!!!!!!!

282 days ago
40.

Kev the Realist    

Why not take your gypsy tramp, slutty, adulterer girlfriend and go live somewhere off teh grid where noboby needs to ever hear from you and your SKANK again. You are simply a dumb, ignorant, angrya gay balckman, with an inferiority complex who thinks societal rules dont matter for you. You are simply a punk and it is about time one of these PAPS decide to press charges and have you arrested fro assault or battery and PRESS CHARGES. You are a ***** and I for one dont know who the hell you think you are ( except that your Mother would be totally embarassed by the way you act- you A$$hiole) but you are certainly no better than anyone else and in fact are probably a much worse human being than most of us. You are a complete disgrace to humanity and I feel so sorry for your pathetic baby, what a pedigree.... a cheap, stupid gypsy slut for a mother and a gay, self-entitled douc$ebag, a$$hole for a father .

282 days ago
41.

static    

He's your creation TMZ.

282 days ago
42.

maintboy    

got hooked up with the wrong media hos if you want to avoid the paps

282 days ago
43.

Marilyn    

Kanye hon,
For your next baby mama try not picking a piss urine soaked dog's fire hydrant!
Pick someone higher up in class.

282 days ago
44.

NobodySpecial    

Kanye is so weak. You get a chance to lay down the law with the paps and you come up with some confused drivel. You sound stupid.

Kanye probably thought hooking up with Kim would make them some kind of power couple that the media would swoon over. I guess that didn't work out, did it Kanye ?

282 days ago
45.

Hurley    

Why I don't give a Hot Fart about Kanye...

forget that he is a marginally talented, delusional, narcissistic big baby...

He's ugly, married a pig/hore and procreated...that is why ...NO HOT FARTS FOR YOU

282 days ago
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