Mike Myers is finally coming forward to talk about what’s possibly the best reaction in the history of YouTube. We’re of course talking about when he stood alongside Kanye West during the televised Hurricane Katrina telethon as West declared, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
The look on Mike Myers face was replayed for many weeks to come, and as far as candid moments go, that one ranks high on the list. It was a moment that President Bush singled out as, “one of the most disgusting moments of my presidency.”
Now, instead of looking like he saw a ghost, Mike Myers is coming forward in an interview with GQ to say that he was “super proud” of Kanye West’s remarks during the telethon.
Myers continued to back Kanye West’s comments about how slow President Bush acted for the people of New Orleans.
“For me it isn’t about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans. I don’t mind answering the question but the emphasis of it being that I’m the guy next to the guy who spoke a truth.”
“I’m going to make that assumption—but I can definitively say that it appeared to me watching television that had that been white people, the government would have been there faster. And so to me that’s really the point—the look on my face is, to me, almost insulting to the true essence of what went down in New Orleans.”
Mike Myers also admitted that at the time he didn’t know West’s music or his outspoken nature. Moments before they went on stage Myers said that Kanye gave him a heads up that he would “take liberties,” but he didn’t think those liberties would lead to West calling the President out.
As for President Bush’s legacy following West calling him out, in his memoir Decision Points, he speaks about the criticism that he endured over his response to Katrina.
“I faced a lot of criticism as president. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low.”
During an interview, Matt Lauer brought up that specific event that President Bush addressed in his book. When Lauer suggested that people might react negatively because “you’re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that,” President Bush defended what he wrote by saying that the moment with West was “a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
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