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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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Gloria    

He knows the paps are a bunch of greedy jk***es trying to make some fast money at HIS expense. Yes, it IS a violation of his privacy in public. If I were him, I would hire a posse of my own photographers and have them follow the TMZ execs around and see
how they like the harassment. Flash! Flash!

378 days ago
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trailertrash    

Kanye is, in my opinion, and always has been, a low life, dirt bag azzhole.......If he can's stand being in the public eye then he needs to climb in a hole somewhere and disappear.......And if he takes Kim with him, the world would be a better place......

378 days ago
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Sammie    

If it weren't for the Paps, nobody would even know who Kanye West is. That and his anger. He should be glad they even want to talk to him at all.

378 days ago
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LJ    

I have never commented before until now, but really, this site is one big ****ing joke and TMZ disgusts me.

"...dude, you crossed the line."

This is coming from people who spend their lives getting paid to follow people up close and personal with cameras - people we don't give a **** about in the first place - and hound them with ridiculous questions. I mean, sit back and read some of the articles you all post sometimes. I find myself stunned at the laughable bull**** you upload.

And then you go and bring up racism? What a ****ing joke.

378 days ago
65.

Brian    

ya know - TuPac should be alive and ***** West should be da dead one.

378 days ago
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Angel W    

I get the "paps" have a job to do HOWEVER have & show some RESPECT & DECENCY, personally I wanna dig deep into the PRIVATE lives of some of the "paps" & ask THEM/YOU some of the RIDICULOUS questions that are asked. Yes & sadly Joe Public is nosy, HOWEVER were people too like THEM/YOU now ask yourself... If YOU almost lost YOUR life in a car accident, YOUR MOM dies abruptly. How fast would YOU/THEM "get over it" so PLEASE stop it!!!! ok then you finally meet a woman YOU chose not the world & your getting your happy place back & here comes the Ones that are really obsessed with the "stars" THEM/YOU! I wonder how fun THEIR/YOUR life would be & would you say cheeeeeeeeeeeze for the camera ALL the time... Have, get or learn decorum, It's a time & place for everything and lastly which adds the cherry on top was this comment "Kanye, if a white person called u an n-word would you beat every white person up"? What kind of comparison is that???? Again STOP IT! YOU/THEM could be asked some what-ifs too you know LOL & Karma is a what??? Lmao

378 days ago
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LOSERS ALL OF EM    

lol last video, is Ray J invited to the baby shower? he should be invited to every single Kardashian function they are only famous because of him.

378 days ago
68.

dorkydork    

has he ever heard of an ipod, iphone to cover his ears? why doesn't Eminem, Jay-z and other rappers have problems?

378 days ago
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Lille    

go back to Paris no one bugged you there

378 days ago
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miapaloma    

This will not end well. Imagine when he's finally out in public with Kim & Baby Yeezus. Why doesn't he just wear headphones to drown out the paps questions? What a joke that he wants privacy while hooking up with the world's leading media ho. The irony and the idiocy of that is mind-boggling.

378 days ago
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melodyann    

Strangely enough he hooks up with a Kardashian, as they are all about getting there pictures in the tabloids.Kim is a camera whore.

378 days ago
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kitnplayn    

Boo hoo that your father is a leach who sucks your money, but he didn't teach you what it means to be a man. First of all, real men control their tempers. They don't lash out like incorrigible children. You are creating these problems by whining about it. Creating problems and getting negative coverage will keep you noticed, right, because your audience is growing up and moving away from your angry, teenage rebellion rap. Wait until KK gets tired of being your mother and files for divorce. You will see paps everywhere you go 24/7, and all your whining in the world will not stop that train either.

378 days ago
73.

Don    

Why he hates them: Because they are putz's
Why he attacks them: Because ConHisWay is a DOUCHE BAG!
Can you imagine what Kim's Mom, the Chris"ter" has running through her head. "Maybe a car accident, maybe a drug overdose, doesn't matter I can't see having this lame ass in my house ever, ever again. Yes, some finute accident must occur". You know she's planning something . Ya don't mess with the matriarch of Calabasas like that, well not for long
My only question,will anybody attend ConHIsWay's funeral- cremate the Douche

378 days ago
74.

Rob    

Hey look! A drugged thug in a hoodie making threats. Where is the Zimmerman when we need him??!

378 days ago
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princessashcat    

"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???"

So because Kayne doesnt want to talk to the paparazzi due to some of them being invasive jerks......but you find it necessary to compare that to a white person calling a black person the " N word"??? Seriously?????
How about TMZ get over it already! You dont think that comparison is taking it a lil too far? If he doesn't want to talk to you he doesn't have too, move on to the next celeb......duh!

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