Don’t Look Now, But Kanye West’s Deposition Is Almost As Bratty As Justin Bieber’s

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I never thought I’d say this, but I think we may have just found someone who can rival Justin Bieber for brattiness – Kanye West.

Both our little gentlemen were accused of the same crime, assaulting a photographer, and both had to sit through a deposition to try to determine their level of involvement in the incident. Twinsies! As you’ll recall from the video, Justin couldn’t even get all the way through his, giving increasingly rude retorts to the lawyer who was asking him questions, building up to the moment when he stormed out of the deposition, refusing to answer the questions he was being asked about Selena Gomez. To the point that he actually has to redo his depo! Charming, right?

I figured that was rock bottom as far as celebrity depositions go, but reading the details of Kanye’s, I’m start to re-think that. He’s being deposed for the case that was brought against him by Daniel Ramos, the photographer he’s accused of assaulting (beating him and smashing his camera) at LAX last July, and Kanye is being nothing but difficult. TMZ got ahold of the transcript of the deposition, and here are some things that Kanye said under oath:

“I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever fucking dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears. [...] I’m in the business of trying to make dope shit for the world.  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.”

I’ll tell you right now, if you’re bragging about how smart you are, there’s a solid chance that you’re nowhere near as smart as you think you are. Especially if you’re shading another celebrity in the process. The paparazzo’s lawyer then tries to grill Kanye about his song ‘Flashing Lights’, which is a rant against the paparazzi. He quoted one of the lines from the song — ‘Til I get flashed by the paparazzi, damn, these niggas got me’ — and Kanye quickly interjected:

“You have to ask for a hall pass. You can’t just say the ‘n’ word around me.” adding, “It offends me because you’re a white person saying ‘nigga.’”

Alright girl, but it’s a lyric in your song, and it’s extremely relevant to this case. And I think you know that. But Kanye refuses to give way, drawing parallels to the treatment of celebrities now and the mistreatment of minorities in the past, like during the civil rights movement.

“I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die Nigger’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also. [...] 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.”

What’s dumb in this case is that Kanye actually has a point against the paparazzi, but he lost any credibility he had when he turned to violence against one of them and refused to give straight answers in his own defense. When the photographer’s lawyer asked him where he lives, Kanye’s response was ‘Earth’. Sigh.

Bottom line, he’s not quite as bad as Bieber, but this is a thirty-seven year old man we’re talking about. He has seventeen years on Bieber and he still can’t answer a question like ‘where do you live’ without giving attitude? Pull it together, man.

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    • Alana Vincenza

      I hope there’s a video for this, watching Bieber’s deposition was such a joy. I wanted to reach through the screen and bitch slap him.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I never understood what the phrase ‘gnashing your teeth’ truly meant until I saw that video.

    • M_G

      Uggghhhh….where’s vaudeville hook when you need one??

      • Alexis Rhiannon


    • jen27

      Also: he married a Kardashian. This is not like some of the celebrities going up to the capitol and asking that their kids be protected. This is a dude who married a woman who is only famous for letting cameras follow her everywhere. And let’s face it, Kanye is only in the news nowadays *because* he married her, his latest music is nowhere near as popular or great as his earlier stuff (case in point, I know some of his earlier stuff even though I don’t generally listen to his genre of music; but the only song of his from recent days I am familiar with is that otic/ocular assault he called Bound 2).

      Should things change to make the paparazzi more accountable for their actions? Absolutely. Is anyone going to sympathize with a self-proclaimed Messiah who married someone who is famous for being photographed constantly? Not so much.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I feel like he has the potential to be great — I actually really enjoy some of his later songs — but his ego is so big that he can’t get out of his own way.

      • jen27

        I mean, sure. It’s not my musical scene so I really can’t make any assessment of his skill vs the skill of others. It just seems like he’s so busy alternating between buying into his self-made hype and telling everyone how great his struggle is to have any time for actually doing the thing that made him famous and showed his talent.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Totally true.

    • tayreneexo

      I mean maybe y’all should try having strangers shoving cameras in your face practically everytime you step outside. But Kanye has always had this “God complex” so of course he acted the way / said what he said. No shock there.

      • Elizabeth Aspen

        Please. Who’s this guy kidding? He loves being hounded by the paparazzi because it gives him validation that he’s God. It’s why he married a Kardashian, because they have all the photographers on their payroll – (oh, and also because she makes his dick hard, forgot about that one!) The second the paparazzi weren’t hounding him, he’d throw a little baby tantrum and stage a publicity stunt to get them back.

        I’m against kids of celebrities EVER being photographed, but idiots like Kanye, they get what they deserve. If he were and Kim were even 1/200th as likable as Dax and Kristen or Brad and Angie, I’d be able to muster at least a tiny bit of sympathy for them. But with Kanye, I’ll always be on TMZ’s side.

    • Valentia

      He means the lapse in the law where you can’t hit people and smash their belongings all willy nilly?

      Yes! That’s the one, you clever sorceress!

      • Mockingjay

        Well when someone’s being harassed, it’s likely they are going to act out. Especially if they are really in your face and yelling stuff at you. I don’t understand why paparazzi doesn’t consider it a huge possibility, if someone stalked me I’m sure people would applaud me for responding in an abrasive or even violent way.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Hahaha, yup.

    • Nbl

      Here’s the deal, there are celebrities much more famous then this douche canoe who manage to stay out of the spotlight and aren’t constantly surrounded by the paps. He never had this problem until he started dating Kim, who is known to call the media to let them know where she is. Maybe you should have a talk with your “bitch”, Kayne.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        If you can find time before or after dipping her ass in gold.

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    • spiderbucket

      i think this is racist, yo. Kanye is a genius. Ask him. Did you ask him? Kanye does not need to act in the way that you oppressors want him too, Kanye is the next Leroy Neiman. Kanye is the next Pocky. You breath what Kanye exhales. You eat what Kanye brings home in a doggy bag. you are the crust of bread from the perfect Kanya pbj. Kanye is bigger than irony and self reflection. Kanye’s bad ideas would cure cancer and make diet soda taste great. Kanye is transforming the future even as you read this. And Kanya is MAD y’all.

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