'Who's winning, me or the media?', asks rapper
Kanye West has spoken out against paparazzi following his arrest on Friday morning (November 15).
The rapper, who is set to release his fourth album ‘808s And Heartbreak’ later this month, asked for a law to protect celebrities from paparazzo’s intrusions.
Writing on his blog Kanyeuniversecity.com, West, who was arrested by police in Newcastle after an incident with a photographer, said: “Who’s winning, me or the media? Regardless of how much light I put out, there are people working just as hard to only deliver darkness.
“If you listen to my music, how could I deliver so many positive uplifting messages and be the monster that the media paints? Paparazzi give real photographers a bad name.”
Suggesting that a law needs to be passed to limit paparazzi, West added: “Let us not forget the paps killed Princess Diana. When will there be a law passed that simply enforces that someone has to ask to take a photograph of you? That would seem like common courtesy. Right now the paps are above the law and the people they shoot are below it.”
Referring to the incident on Friday, where a photographer’s nose was cut in a scuffle, the rapper said: “I put my hand up to the camera in self-defence! Here’s what happened…when I left the club, I was encountered by a thirsty paparazzi as usual. He felt he had more rights to my space than me, so I put my hand up to prevent him from taking my image.
“I didn’t assault him but merely putting my hand up to cover his lens. My security yelled, ‘get the camera off him’. I guess in all the commotion the camera scraped his nose.”