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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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76.

my 2 cents    

TMZ - How about letting us know whether or not celebrities call you and tell you their plans. No names needed, just a yes or no answer. Thanks

413 days ago
77.

cobrazombie    

It's always been the price of fame, you dumbazz.

413 days ago
78.

Kiranda    

Every time he opens his mouth, I think he's more stupid than the last time he opened it. Reggie Bush is articulate and kind. This guy is just a dumbass thug who thinks he's something special, and the more he acts like this, the more sales he will lose. Why would anyone want to make him richer? Kim lost out when she lost Reggie. No way would she want to spend the rest of her life with this loose cannon.

413 days ago
79.

Rich    

Kayne wants everyone to buy his music, but he doesn't want anything to do with them. Everyone should BOYCOTT the music of KAYNE. His is a big dic* hea*.

413 days ago
80.

Rob    


Call Zimmerman! Another drugged thug in a hoodie that needs behavior correction!

413 days ago
81.

mary fischer    

Why do you cater to him. He is a self centered ego maniac. If we ignore him, he will fade away. He wants you to approach him, just IGNORE him. He is so not important in the scheme of things.

413 days ago
82.

exlax    

isn't he famous for marrying a armenian tramp?sleeze bag?

413 days ago
83.

Laura    

There's LOTS of reasons why I hate Kanye West so much. And it's like this idiot has put a big old red arrow on himself--I hope photographers hound him into a nuthouse. It shouldn't take long--he's almost there on his own. Any idiot that hates photographers and then hooks up with Kim and all the Kardashians, deserves whatever he gets.

413 days ago
84.

Meathead    

Or maybe you guys should let these people live their lives. Follow them at important events and stuff. Don't chase them at airports and restaurants. Could you imagine living life like that?

413 days ago
85.

LordGobblecock    

who cares why he hates them? they are a fact of a life that he has chosen. Or did he think hooking up with the biggest fame whore(KK) out there would give him a quiet life? by reacting to them the way he does he just giving them more reason to provoke him. what he gonna do? he'll end up getting arrested for things

413 days ago
86.

mary fischer    

Stop approaching him, he is sooooooo not worth it. He wants the attention. Don't ask him questions, don;t
take his picture and he will fade away. He is a self centered ego maniac. If he only realized that no one
really cares. Go away,PLEASE!!!

413 days ago
87.

Janet    

Mass media makes its money from buying and reselling paparazzi and other photographers footage, including that of non-professionals with cameras on their phones.
Some of the photography is produced through stalking and harassment that is encouraged if it's famous people being stalked and harassed. Most of us would snap and strike out if we and/or our children or loved ones were subjected to this provocation.
Some paps have no shame - witness one who called Suri Cruise a bitch and a brat to her face when she was trying to walk a few feet from a building into a car and was impeded by begging, harassing photographers. Lower than low.

413 days ago
88.

kitty    

PUT YOUR BIG GURL PANTIES ON!

413 days ago
89.

Bmorecurls    

Haha reading tmz defending herself is hilarious, sad and pathetic....people hate paparazzi because they are annoying and completely pointless. If I was famous trust me kayne would have nothing on me.... In fact I'd **** him up first then the camera guy

413 days ago
90.

DTD    

"running on a short fuse" ? What does that mean?

413 days ago
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