Kanye West might be one of the biggest narcissists this side of the Mississippi, but he did not say that he is the next Nelson Mandela.
Though he has compared himself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and Ghandi (I might be making that up, so don’t quote me), he did not say that he is the next Madiba.
The Daily Currant, a satirical website known for fooling the masses, ran an article that read in part:
In the studio to promote his new music video Bound 2, the conversation soon turned to the day’s biggest news out of South Africa. [Kanye] West was asked who he thought on the world stage today could possibly replace Nelson Mandela in terms of leadership, and his unconventional answer left heads spinning.
“I am the next Nelson Mandela,” West responded. “I’m only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I’ve accomplished, it’s the only comparison that makes any sense. By the time I’m 95, I’m going to be a bigger hero than he ever was.
“Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don’t get me wrong. But I think I’m on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That’s more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.
“Not to say Mandela wasn’t for real. I have mad respect. I just think we need to keep things in perspective here. Anyone can be replaced. And I think I’m well on my way towards being the next great black leader. I’m already worshiped around the world. And there’s more to come.”
“I’ve blazed a trail with my career,” West responded. “I faced immeasurable racism when I entered this profession. I mean how many black rappers can you name that came before me? I was a pioneer. And now I’m doing the same thing in the fashion world.
“Not to mention I have a bigger market than he ever did. Mandela was working in South Africa, which has, like what, six people? I started my magic here in the USA and then I took my business global. Worldwide baby.
The backlash was instant. From Twitter and Facebook, to barbershops and corners, everyone was voicing their disbelief that West would say such a thing.