“Jesus Walks,” Kanye Talks

Melissa Bruen

Instead of advocating charitable donations Kanye West advocated his hatred for President George W. Bush during the NBC fund-raiser for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

“George Bush doesn’t care about black people” was the last thing he was able to say before they cut the live feed and instead went to comedian Chris Tucker.

The look on Tucker’s face was priceless — a mixture of bewilderment and awe.

This occurred Friday night during a live newsreel with Mike Myers. West clearly didn’t forewarn Myers about his decision to speak out against Bush. Myers is a talented actor and his eyes, like those of Tucker, could not hide his shock.

Myers and West were on television trying to persuade people to donate to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina when West went into his rant. West criticized the news media saying “I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. See a white family, it says they’re looking for food.”

He admitted he didn’t give the natural disaster the attention it deserved. He said he went shopping before he even made a donation himself.

According to www.cbc.ca, NBC released a statement shortly after West’s declaration that said “Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks.”

The West Coast version of the broadcast edited out West’s comment about Bush, since it aired three hours later.

In 2004, West received 10 Grammy nominations, which made him the most-nominated artist of the year.