Kanye West Equates Celebrity Treatment To Racism, Inequality In Court Deposition

Kanye West says paparazzi photographers are "in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's a lapse in the law."

Today (August 6), TMZ released excerpts from a transcript of Kanye West's deposition in an assault case involving a paparazzi photographer. 

"I'm in the business of trying to make dope shit for the world," West says in one instance. "You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."

During the interview, West also calls out Nate Goldberg, the photographer's lawyer, for saying "niggas" when quoting West's lyrics from "Flashing Lights." The line quoted was: "I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these niggas got me." West's response? 

"You have to ask for a hall pass," he says. "You can't just say the 'n' word around me. It offends me because you're a White person saying 'nigga.'" 

At this point, TMZ says West goes further, comparing the treatment of celebrities to the treatment of Black people in the 1960s in America.

"I mean in the '60s people used to hold up 'Die N****r' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also," he says. According to the publication, Kanye is then asked "if he equates the struggle of blacks in the past with celebrities today." To this, Kanye West reportedly says, "Yes, 100...I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities...We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities, have to band together to influence guys like this, guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."

The publication says Kanye West also used sarcasm throughout the deposition, including a portion in which the rapper said "Earth," when asked where he lives.

Last month, West spoke about his belief regarding the treatment of celebrities with GQ. According to West, his wedding toast included information regarding this topic. 

"What I talked about in it was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name," he said in the GQ article. "I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn't choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I'm going to fight to make sure she has a better life." 

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  • Anonymous

    If this was coming from a broke nigga in the hood I'd be able to respect it, but c'mon Ye, you're rich now, fuck you know about racism

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  • da Mayor of MN

    Kanye....bra. It's not what you say it's HOW YOU SAY IT.

  • Anonymous

    He is losing his fight to raise the respect level for celebrities with every word uttered.

    • Tony Montana

      Do celebrities get beaten up for sitting in at lunch counters by KKK members? No. The way them muthafuckas get treated is not lik e the civil rights movement days

  • mountain water

    kanye is just a regular ole prophet for profit.

  • Anonymous

    What a clown. I hate this guy more and more as each day passes and with every story. College Dropout seems a million years ago.....

  • Anonymous

    So an 11 year old getting his face literally smashed in then shot in case he was still breathing for whistling at a white woman is exactly like being a spoiled multi-million dollar whiny celebrity who cant go anywhere without having his picture taken... Damon Dash needs to set this loser straight

  • definitelyeatinb

    So getting attacked by dogs and police and de facto segregation based on skin color is somehow equivalent to being harassed by a d-bag with a camera because, with all your wealth, you've chosen to live in a city where every 3rd person in the Chipotle line is an amateur "paparazzi." Please, please, make me famous I need to be heard... but never take pictures of me in public or I will break your camera.

  • Anonymous

    Kim be calling the pap to let them know where they'll be and Kanye fighting them when they get there actling like hes being treated like a slave LOL ...kanyes a fuccin tool!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    I am down for Kanye West he's a very bold brother but sometimes he's over the edge with his comments and actions. I mean double conscious Negroes who only beef with the system of White Supremacy and Racism is that they aren't included as equals. White Supremacy and Racism is the most evil system of sadistic treatment of fellow human beings ever devised. It is a sadistic system put in place to make an inferior complex people, Europeans, feel superior to their fellow humans in a most horrible way. In White Supremacy the African has to be lied upon, constantly insulted, controlled, assaulted or annihilated if refusing to conform. Any African or descendant that looks to become equal in that system is a traitor. There are so many Africans, especially in diaspora, who are mental slaves, wanting to be Greeks, Romans, anything but African. They complain only when they are not given first class respect in the Whiteman's game. They are okay with supporting any unjust act against any other minority, including themselves at times, hell most times, as long as it isn't them that's affected. Double consciousness plaques African diaspora and it's nothing more than overstated mental slavery, which in all honesty is worse than physical slavery, because at least Kunte Kinte tried to run away, but the mental slaves wants to run the plantation and help his master inflict barbarism.

  • Anonymous

    I'm glad his mother isn't alive to see him go out like this. It's sad.

  • Anonymous

    What a fucking clown.

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  • D.G

    Ye is really losing it, comparing the struggle of celebrity to the civil rights struggle..... Someone needs to Smack this guy back to his senses!!

    • White Boy

      Shut up you bitch ass nigga.

    • Anonymous

      shut up bitch. you either not black american or you an uncle tom with a detached knowledge of self. keep kissing ass for the white man. it's just one step to allowing them to call you a ni gger again. lil bitch. once you let them quote songs, they still gon use that shit to haze you when they mad at you. it dont matter if they love niggas or not. theyn are not us so one day they will get mad at us and quote a yeezy song to call you nig/ger sideways. even if they are quoting you they have to ask permission. simple rules. if you cant see that then you arent a person worthy of respect and i dont want to assiociate with you nor any of your out of control white friends. silly bitchj

    • Anonymous

      Also thinking he has the right/ability to control how someone quotes him. "You can't say nigga cause you're white and it bothers me -" he's quoting your own words, you don't get to control that shit you fucking maniac.

  • Fuck Outta Here

    "Poor celebrities. They really have a rough life." - no one ever.

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit this dude is actually retarded as shit.

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