You might have thought Kanye West was the type of guy who could laugh at himself. While that may be true, he didn’t take kindly at all to Jay Pharoah’s recent skit at the 2014 MTV VMAs and spoke about it at the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia Saturday.
Apparently, after the show Kanye called up Pharoah to give him a piece of his mind, telling the crowd at the event:
“I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, ‘I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position’ … So we ain’t gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that’s working hard, and helping the next man out.”
Us Magazine reported that while on-stage at the Jay Z hosted event, Kanye West referred to Pharoah and one of South Park‘s recent spoofs:
“They want to make a joke out of how hard we work. It’s fine and all funny and everything, but don’t distract from our vision. It’s not a joke what we do up here. This music that we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke.”
So it seems that maybe Kanye does have a hard time laughing at himself, as many big-ego Hollywood stars do; but did he really need to go ahead and call up Jay Pharoah to rant?
MTV reported that his rant also didn’t fail to mention his wife, Kim Kardashian, as the rapper continued: “For me to be in a very publicized interracial relationship is not a joke. It’s something that should be treated with respect cause we’re all in this together,” West said.
The skit was a bit much by most standards as Pharoah went to town on West, poking fun at his wedding and the ensuing video with Kim and North West; but Yeezy couldn’t take it and instead of holding it in, let Pharoah know just how he was feeling:
“I’m not making it a black or white thing right now, but I’m telling you if you see a black guy anywhere he had to work 12 times as hard, excuse me. So we ain’t gonna have no black comedians going up on stage spoofing the people that’s working hard to open doors, not only for black people, but any creatives.”
As of the writing of this article, unsurprisingly, Jay Pharoah has not apologized to Kanye West for the skit and why should he? After all, comedy is comedy, isn’t it?