Kanye Addresses The Taylor Swift Incident On Twitter

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  • Kanye West took to Twitter to explain his actions at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards: "I am not a bad person. Even in that moment I was only trying to do good but people don't always need my help."
  • If you have a minute, West's entire Twitter confession/explanation is worth reading; he apologizes, explains his motivations, notes that he's written Swift a song, questions who really benefited from the scandal, and discusses the impact of the incident—and the media and public reaction to it—on his personal life, as well as the lives of his family and friends. "Remember in Anchor Man when Ron Burgandy cursed on air and the entire city turned on him? But this wasn't a joke. This was & is my real life." [Kanye West]
  • American Idol's Kara Dioguardi is leaving the show after two years: "I felt like I won the lottery when I joined American Idol two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave Idol. I am very proud to have been associated with American Idol - it has truly been an amazing experience." [People]
  • Drew Barrymore says her opinion of love has changed over the years: "When you're young you just want to be in love. I call it crazy love, because you just want to have fun and you're not thinking about the future or kids. You just want to have a good time with that person. Then, as you get older, even children aside, you just think, ‘God, I actually like when it's easy, and I want these attributes from this person. I need these kinds of systems in place to feel calm." [ShowbizSpy]
  • Blake Lively isn't interested in looking at herself on the internet: "I'm with myself all of the time. Why would I want to see myself on the internet? I can look in the mirror. I think it's destructive." [DigitalSpy]
  • Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro says he and girlfriend Sammi Giancola are still together. ""I've learned a lot watching the show. I have something good. I have an amazing girl, and she doesn't deserve to be treated that way." Says Sammi: ""I think he is actually really trying to show me the good instead of the bad. That's what I hold on to all the time." [USWeekly]
  • An ex-tour manager claims that Lady Gaga was hospitalized six times last year for "extreme dieting." [DigitalSpy]
  • Evan Rachel Wood says she's surprised by her fans: "I've started to get fans now. It's weird, I was on set and there were all these girls lined up on the sidewalk and I assumed they were all there for Kate [Winslet] and they all shouted at the same time, 'Evan Rachel Wood, we love you' and I didn't know what to say so I just said, 'I love you too!'. I was so shy, that had never happened to me before." [ContactMusic]
  • The ex-manager, David Ciemny, discusses Gaga's behavior in a new book titled Poker Face: The Rise and Fall of Lady Gaga. [DailyMail]
  • Jessica Alba says that her Machete co-star, Lindsay Lohan, is "a brilliant actress," and that "Mean Girls is a classic. It's so good. How can you ever forget that? I think people should probably focus more on someone's career and maybe less on someone's personal circumstances. It's nobody's business. Everyone goes through their own thing." [DigitalSpy]
  • A photographer who was on the scene of a recent incident wherein Lindsay Lohan reportedly hit a baby stroller and kept driving says Lohan was fully aware of what happened: "I pulled up next to Lindsay after I saw her knock the stroller," says Austin Visschedyk, "I said; Whoa, what the f*** are you doing?" Lindsay reportedly replied: "Well, I saw them, but they didn't move out of the way." [RadarOnline]
  • Amy Winehouse is single again after breaking up with boyfriend Reg Traviss: "She hasn't spoken to Reg since and she's told everyone that it's over," says a source, "She's pretty cut up (upset) about it, she was serious about him. Amy is confused and vulnerable." [ContactMusic]
  • Lauryn Hill says she disappeared from the spotlight because she "wanted to be able to live, to reclaim my private life, to reclaim my individuality outside of mass media scrutiny. I wanted that freedom to do whatever I wanted to do." [ShowbizSpy]
  • Jon Hamm claims that working on Mad Men gave him vitiligo: "You do have to be mentally acute for a significant period of time, and that becomes pretty draining. I have vitiligo. It's stress-oriented. It comes and goes and waxes and wanes. This did not exist before the show." [ContactMusic]
  • White House crasher Michaele Salahi is going to pose for Playboy. [TMZ]
  • Here's a shot of Harry Potter with stubble. The boy who lived! And then refused to shave for a day or two! [DailyMail]
  • A source claims that Kate Bosworth cheated on boyfriend Alexander Skarsgard with her high school ex-boyfriend because she was upset about ex-boyfriend Orlando Bloom's recent marriage to Miranda Kerr. The source also claims that Ferris Bueller is sick, and that her "best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious." [ShowbizSpy]

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I have mad love for Kanye but even if I didn't, his apology and analysis of the entire VMA situation was really spot on. What kind of society do we live in where people wish someone dead for what was essentially an incident of epic public rudeness? Why is it so much easier for this society to turn on a black male celebrity than a white male celebrity? Finally, Kanye is who Kanye is. To play at the forfront of any field requires a certain extreme sense of self-confidence in yourself and your abilities. Why does his recognition that he did something f-ed up that not only he, but his former employees paid for have to be paired with a complete prostration of his person in order to be acceptable for some people? I think this desire also has a racist element. White male celebrities make public moral gaffes much more insidious than obnoxiously hoping on stage and saying that one video was waaaayyyy better than the video that won and six months later those same white male celebrities are opening films or starring in television with no discernible on-going public censure.