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Kanye West Calls For Celebrity Civil Rights Movement Against Paparazzi

(AllHipHop News) Kanye West’s notorious ego was front and center during his deposition for a civil case involving an alleged attack against a paparazzo. TMZ reportedly got hold of the transcript from the hearing, and Ye did not hold back against the accuser’s lawyer.

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“I’m the smartest celebrity you’ve ever f***ing dealt with. I’m not Britney Spears,” said West.

Kanye also chastised attorney Nate Goldberg for “representing scum” for profit and for using the word “n***a” when quoting some of the Chicago native’s lyrics from the song “Flashing Lights.”

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

The deposition also included Ye making comparisons between the 1960’s civil rights movement and modern-day celebrities fighting for privacy rights against invasive photographers.

“I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die N****r’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also,” Kanye stated. “We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban 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.”

West is facing a civil lawsuit filed by Daniel Ramos. The photog is suing Kanye for a July 2013 incident where the Yeezus creator smashed Ramos’ camera and allegedly assaulted him at LAX airport.

West agreed to a plea deal in a criminal case and was sentenced to two years probation.

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51 Responses to “Kanye West Calls For Celebrity Civil Rights Movement Against Paparazzi”

  1. cincytown

    I agree with ye if you was famous would you want paparazzi to constantly take pictures of you some people like the attention but others cant stand that shit invading peoples space for a paycheck

    • johnblacksad

      If I was a celeb, I’d probably try to fight the papz too, but to go on a full crusade wanting people to feel bad about your situation is a different story.

      I never heard MJ on the papz subject like I keep hearing Ye lately, and I’m sure M.J. was getting a “little” more attention than Kanye.

      • ZUBU

        If I was a Celeb I would be like Prince, Sade, Rakim Allah, Nas, etc. They are all private, they allow their art to speak for them. All these years we know very little about all of them, I guess a bit more about Nas because of the wife and baby mama drama.

  2. Eli Pinilla

    This dude has gotten so petty over the years it hard to like him….He’s trying to make his materialism seem like it’s more than just that, materialism. He Calls liking brands being a slave. Compares Paparazzi and celebrities to the civil rights movement. Feels like hes being prejudiced against for him and his wife not being on a magazine cover…..and the worst thing about it, is fools look at this like ” yea man, I agree with kanye, makes perfect sense” smh

  3. Mark Olford

    I bet he aint gone be “turning up” on damon dash….I bet he won’t even sit across and talk to him like he did sway….

    • bisolabliss

      He knows better than to mess with Dame like that cuz Dame gonna son him like no other. He’s never going to address Dame in public, never.

  4. johnblacksad

    case of lost touch fcukery goin on here… how you want all the perks of fame but none of the prejudice that comes with it? It’s like wanting just one side of a coin

    Once and for all Ye, it don’t work like that… can’t knock a n!gga for tryin but that’s damn near delusional… you want the yin, gotta take the yang that comes with it

  5. Dan_Tebasco

    Kanye need to sit his ass down and stfu, celeb rights movement? GTFOH, I bet most people alive that were active members of the civil rights movement are shaking their heads at shame

      • ccwaterbound32

        just because you aren’t a skinhead or in the klan doesn’t mean your a white supremacist it’s just the basic fact that you view blacks inferior all the while downing white supremacy as THE MAIN CAUSE of the downward spiral of black americans…if you aren’t apart of white supremacy then i guess you get the same kind of treatment as me right? like with the police… im quite certain your education didn’t require you to be placed into special education class and being misdiagnosed with a behavioral disorder and then being put on schedule IV narcotics legally…how the medicine destroys the black kids reproductive organs and also is so doped up in class can’t even interpret what’s being taught in the class room… you know stuff like that… or do you have a hard time getting information about loans or any type of information on economic development? so im guessing if you get caught with the same kind of drug as me (hypothetically speaking) your going to get the same time as i will right? see your an agent, a plant, someone who puts out disruptive energy so blacks can’t properly communicate…your a leech…a culture vulture…

      • Dan_Tebasco

        lol shut up troll… You just come across as jelous of white people

  6. johnblacksad

    “We, as group of minorities…” Stop right there Kanye.

    Maybe by the number, but Ye and his wife probably got more money today than the million brothers that marched to washington altogther… so fcuk you Kanye with that minority bullsh!t

    I can’t believe this mofo really want us to show compassion for his millionaire issues…

    I hope something truly wakes him up one day… and i’m not even wishing for anything bad

  7. Chris

    I wish these young celebs and athletes would stop comparing themselves to slaves and the Jim Crow generation. It’s quite disrespectful and beyond embarrassing. SMH.

  8. kvl

    I’m rocking with Ye on this one and most of you on here are lying ass haters! Because you on his side too. This was a closed disposition no cameras but TMZ leaks the transcript to the public with NO penalty. That right there makes his argument valid and strengthens his case. You don’t have to agree with his analogy to see that the Paparazzi are too powerful, wealthy and influential and those are the key ingredients to Racism. So when I first read his quote I thought it was distasteful for him to liken celebs to say Emmet Till, but I myself just made the connection.

    • hoeyuno

      Were lying ass haters!?? Haha… your right a 11 year old getting his face literally smashed in then shot incase he was still breathing for whistling at a white woman is exactly like being a spoiled multi-million dollar whiney celebrity who cant go anywhere without having his picture taken. ..you musta been in the same tool set kanye came from…

      • kvl

        So you gon just sit there and pretend that’s what I wrote?! It’s in black & white verbatim however you still got it wrong. I made the connection of the paps today to the all powerful corrupt Jim Crow government, police force that could simply remove rights from select groups of citizens based on rules they just created. Is that a stretch ?? Yeah perhaps But where does this newly placed authority given to paparazzi corp entities stop???

        When they start taking your rights for the sake of “journalism” don’t start bitchin.

        The problem that many people like you have is your mindset of “that’s what you signed up for, fame comes with having your photo taken.. You’re a mega millionaire superstar boo-who.. Big deal, get over it cause no one wanted ya pic when u was broke.. Celebs think they’re above the law”

        You’ve fallen for the Devils trick of not seeing that he is right there making you say that. It’s the paparazzi that are mega rich and famous, living fat off the backs of others. They have no talent of their own and a very limited skillset. They are the ones who think they don’t have to follow the rules that apply to the rest of us. They are in fact organized crime entities that profit at the expense of others.

  9. ZUBU

    When you become a celebrity along with the fame and fortune comes lack of privacy; inquiring minds want to know….hence the papz…. You make a deal with the devil when you are high profile….some people can handle the bright lights, some can’t…IJS

  10. definitelyeatinb

    So getting attacked by dogs and police and de facto segregation based on skin color is somehow equivalent to being harassed by a d-bag with a camera because, with all your wealth, you’ve chosen to live in a city where every 3rd person in the Chipotle line is an amateur “paparazzi.” Please, please, make me famous I need to be heard… but never take pictures of me in public or I will break your camera.

  11. hoeyuno

    Kim calling the pap to let them know where they’ll be and kanye fighting them when they get there. …kanyes a fuccin tool!!!!

  12. IceBergSlim

    lmao…love his music but the things he engages in are just insane I know he has better things to do with his time like make more good music

  13. Dhz30

    as dumb as his statements are, i hope he wins…these dudes chasing people with cameras and trying to provoke them, then suing when they get rocked are some of the lowest scum out there..get a real job

    • kvl

      THANK YOU!!! The fact that we all see and read statements from private trials on TMZ is the bullshit. Wayne, bieber now Kanye. How is that legal? How does this continue to go unpunished?

    • Judah Nazayar

      naaaah nigga nah.. u wanna be a celebrity.. u deal wid the shit that comes wid it.. what if paparazzi didnt give a frogs fat ass about coonye?? he d do sum shit to get their attention. these rap nigas are a joke. But they do a great job in distracting and brainwashing the super wack niggas..who dont have anything else going for em..but to worship these losers

      • Dhz30

        i dont disagree with what u and others are saying on this page as far as ‘if u wanna be famous u gotta take the good with the bad,’ im just sayin lets apply that same principle to the paparazzi.. if u following grown ass men with cameras n trying to provoke them, yea u can get easy money but you’re also subject to get that ass whooped..dont turn around and try to sue when it happens, either fight back or take that L and keep it movin..and if you do decide to sue, i dont respect u or support what you’re doin..all im sayin

  14. Markus

    He must be doing some kind of experimental hallucinogenic drug. He doesn’t make sense anymore. Can’t mess with a dude that talks in riddles.

  15. JimJames29

    “There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of paparazzi brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities without being harassed by paparazzi. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to an airport filled with paparazzi. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by journalists stating: “Smile for the camera, North.” No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

  16. Deenah A. G-Vega

    coming from a man who married a fame whore, her family emails their weekly itinaries to the paparazzi, she even had paps waiting outside for her @ the DMW in Woodland hills. He is a FAKE! he & she refuse to use the private entrances to all the fashion shows in Paris , NY & London, these venues have valet parking behind w/ huge tarps to conceal the celebs so the paps cant photo them, kimye pull up to the curb & then walk their lil girl out ( who cant even walk) to the PIT where all the paps have been sent … THEY COURT THE PAPPARAZZI, ITS SUCH BS! why are they the ONLY d list ( I need to add) celebs being hounded at fashion week w/ tons of paps surrounding the matte Porsche that’s belongs to Kanye & all the paps know, why is it just these 2? none of the A list stars at the fashion shows or anywhere for that matter are ever ever get attacked like this? when they are in paris Kanye refuses to get a car service w/ blacked out windows & use the private entrances/exits w/ valet & security NOOOOOOO, he pulls up to the curb – where they are a pit of paps that have been sent there so as to not bother the celebs using the pvt entrance, & he & kim get off and use the public warehouse entrances, kim did this at valentino show & she had to walk 3 blocks to get ot the actual entrance of valentino, she had like 30 paps following her on the streets of paris in the rain!!!! how dare he.. they pimp out that lil girl.. daily!!!!!!! he tells his fans not to buy nike & that they shouldn’t support corporations, UMMMM Adidas is a CORPORATION! he is so full of it — he went on & on & on about how his adidas line was going to be affordable & he was doing it for his fans, well well well — one sweatshirt $680, a backpack $1300, leather “jogging” pant $3500… YEA KANYE!!! STFU

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