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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

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

476 days ago


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 the nice.

476 days ago


"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.

476 days ago


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.

476 days ago


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.

476 days ago


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

476 days ago

todd lee    

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

476 days ago


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.

476 days ago


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.

476 days ago


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!

476 days ago


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!

476 days ago


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...

476 days ago


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

476 days ago


Seriously? You guys follow this guy around EVERY SINGLE TIME he leaves his house weather its here or in another country you follow him around and ask him purposely disrespectful questions like "are you guys gonna invite Kris Humphries or Reggie Bush to your wedding?" WTF do you expect? what would you do if some assh*le was shoving a camera in your face, being disrespectful and following him around 24 hours a day 7 days a week. But you say that he needs to get over it? No I think maybe you need to think about not harassing people! Its just Kanye West he's not royalty so why dont you guys get over it!

476 days ago


Hes a big ol jackass just like Chris Brown. They should form a club called "I'm a complete a**hole club"!!! Kanye, you showed what an idiot jerk*ff you are when you jumped onto that stage and took the mic from Taylor a few years ago. I mean WHO THE FU*K DO YOU THINK YOU ARE????? Now you are dating and have had a child with one of the biggest girl a**holes in hollywood. Youre gonna have to learn to deal with nasty comments and cameras without flipping the f**k out. But you cant - can you? You have waaaay too bad of a temper. I'm glad your own personality is going to make you miserable and probably be your downfall. You are NOBODY, really and we all just want you and your pathetic girlfriend to disappear form the planet. Oh, yeah, take Kris Jenner withe you. Shes a drunk-a**, sorry excuse for a mother.

476 days ago
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