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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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Pom de tere    

Awww can you feel the ****ye love:):):):) I love it!!!! You all see him as the opposite of how he sees himself. Awesomeness personified!!!!

285 days ago
107.

S D M F    

kanye sure isn't all that original, wasn't George Jefferson's wife's name weezy?

Come to think of it, kanye looks a lot like weezy!

285 days ago
108.

Mikey    

He's having a hard time hooking up with his French homo boyfriend with all the Paparazzi around.

285 days ago
109.

Denese    

The trouble is his baby mama is a hoochie and everyone knows it no matter how much he tries to ignore it or deny it. If he wants to hear only nice things, he should have married a nice girl and be a nice person himself. Afterall, it's nice to be nice...to the nice.

285 days ago
110.

Mikey    

"if they would be inviting Kris Humphries and Reggie Bush to their wedding."


There isn't going to be a wedding. He will never marry Kim K because he's a homo.

285 days ago
111.

ERP    

He never had this much publicity before he got with KK. He loves it and loves creating this type of news. It keeps him in the public eye, because his new CD sure won't. He's an idiot.

285 days ago
112.

Mike    

Here's a very simple solution to Kanye West's problems with the paps and fans saying things to him that he doesn't want to hear ....... EARBUDS ... HEADPHONES.

Buy some freakin dark sunglasses, a hoodie and some Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic NOISE CANCELLING EARBUDS. Believe me, you won't be able to hear a damn thing except the music or video or whatever is playing on your iPhone or iPod MP3 player. These earbuds even have an "aware mode" where you can press a button and start hearing everything outside even with the earbuds still in your ears.

No excuse for Kanye to be an azzhole to the paps if he has good earbuds. It will also tick off the paps if they know what they are saying can't be heard by the celebrity.

http://www.bose.com/controller?url=/shop_online/headphones/noise_cancelling_headphones/quietcomfort_20/index.jsp&Variant=qc20i

285 days ago
113.

lynkel    

Dont talk to me...wah wah wah..

285 days ago
114.

todd lee    

ALL paps are trash...YES even TMZ paps.

285 days ago
115.

Dale    

Looks like TMZ is on an anti-Kanye campaign, just because this time it was one of TMZ's dirtbags. Someone needs to follow Harvey around 24/7 so he can see how enjoyable it is. Well, maybe not 24/7, we don't need to see the bathhouse glory holes.

285 days ago
116.

jddb483    

Kanye has brought every bit of this on himself!If he were to quit acting like a complete douchebag maybe he would be shown more respect.

285 days ago
117.

Sherron    

Kanye West needs to seriously take some of his money and get the best psychiatrist he can buy! He is an angry, ignorant man. Probably was a mama's boy as well.. He needs to get to the root of his anger before he ends up killing someone!

285 days ago
118.

Al    

I dislike Kanye due to his arrogance, etc. But If you ran up on me with a camera asking me personal questions, you get a lot more than your camera smashed. Not saying I agree with Kanye, but I understand!

285 days ago
119.

JessikaJ    

Technically it really is none of your business, but then again he IS dating Kim Kardashian the biggest attention seeking girl in hollywood at the moment. Plus lets be honest if you truly didn't want all the attention then why go into a business where everyone is constantly mauled by pathetic losers who make money by prying into others affairs. It's not like the paparazzi is something new...

285 days ago
120.

Pc    

Why include race in this? You guys do this **** for a story. You could have used a different metaphor. Just because he is black has nothing to do with how he feels about you guys shoving a camera in is face

285 days ago
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