(AllHipHop News) Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah has become known for his various impersonations of celebrities including Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Stephen A. Smith, and President Barack Obama. One of Pharoah’s reenactments at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards did not sit well with the subject.
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Pharaoh made fun of Kanye West during the event. The segment included the comedian (pretending to be West) saying he “created television” and his videos “cured ALS.” He also clowned Kanye’s “Bound 2” music video that featured the Hip Hop artist’s wife Kim Kardashian.
Ye spoke about Pharoah’s spoof during his show at the Made In America Festival this weekend.
“We work extremely hard on our craft and what we do with this music… They wanna make a joke about how hard we work,” expressed Kanye. “It’s fine and all funny, but don’t distract from our mission. It’s not a joke what we do up here. This music that we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke.”
West later told the Philadelphia crowd that he spoke to Pharaoh directly about the VMA bit.
“I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, ‘I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position’,” revealed Ye. “I ain’t making it a ‘Black or White thing’ right now, but I’m telling you if you see a Black guy anywhere, he had to work 12 times as hard. So we ain’t gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that’s working hard to open doors not only for Black people, but any creatives.”
Watch Kanye West’s full Philadelphia Made In America Festival performance below.