Kanye West reignites Taylor Swift, Matt Lauer feuds
Oh, Kanye West. Just one day shy of Thanksgiving and you come through with comments so juicy, you might as well have brined them overnight in maple syrup.
The verbose West gave a surprise concert Tuesday at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, where he performed the entire track list from his new "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- and took the opportunity to invoke the memories of popular sparring mates Taylor Swift and Matt Lauer.
"Taylor never came to my defense in any interview ... and rode it and rode it," he told a crowd including stars like Diddy, Spike Lee, Aziz Ansari and Ivanka Trump.
"If I wasn't drunk, I woulda been on stage longer," he added, referencing his notorious stage-storming during Swift's MTV Video Music Awards win.
As for Lauer, who West insisted treated him unfairly during a "Today" show appearance, the rapper said, "Lauer's not a bad guy I'm sure, but if you are a child that's being abused by your parent or you are a girl being abused by your boyfriend -- the greatest win that you could ever have is for that person to hit you in public. You see?"
Actually, we might need some illumination. We can assume that West's bold analogy makes him the (shocking) victim of similar abuse by the media, specifically Lauer.
Other luminaries at the Bowery show included Q-Tip, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and new dad Swizz Beats.
What do you think of West's on-stage sentiments?
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Kanye West performs at an event for the Democratic National Convention in August 2008. Credit: EPA