Unlike most Kanye-isms, this event has had a slow burn. Its Instagram video just began making the rounds yesterday. The fan yells, “Take off your mask!”—when White Jesus hadn't even shown up yet!—and Kanye walks over to the edge of his mountain. It's actually a little surreal. The mask, which has been repeatedly mocked, does have the effect of making a very famous man cut a terrifying figure. (A friend who was at the show told me over Gchat that this moment was a highly enjoyable break from the free-verse monologue, in which he revealed he was a Gemini like Tupac and Miles Davis.)
“Do I look like a motherfucking comedian?” Kanye asked, rhetorically. “Don't fucking heckle me. I'm Kanye motherfucking West.”
A YouTube video adds a little more context. You can see the crowd is pretty clearly on his side. You can also hear the booted fan from rows away.
Like every other moment of publicity in 2013, Kanye has caught ample shit for tossing the fan. Because how dare he not allow an idiot to ruin the show for others? What a monster.
In all seriousness, though: Fuck hecklers. Good on Kanye for giving her the boot.
I want more like this!
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