Kanye West Rips President Bush On Live Television

Kanye West criticized

United States President George W. Bush and the government’s reaction to

Hurricane Katrina last night during “A Concert for Hurricane Relief”

a live benefit concert that aired on NBC.

West had sharp words for

President Bush and the government’s reaction to the disaster wrought in

four states by Hurricane Katrina during the one-hour live special.

The show was aired live

on NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Pax and featured performances from Harry Connick Jr.,

Wynton Marsalis, Faith Hill, Aaron Neville and others.

West, who didn’t perform,

was on the stage with comedian Mike Myers reading a script from the teleprompter

when he deviated from the pre-written script.

“I hate the way they

portray us in the media,” West said echoing comments that big media outlets

are biased in how they present images of the hurricane victims.

“You see a black family,

it says, ‘They're looting.’ You see a white family, it says, ‘They're

looking for food.’

“It's been five days

[waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black,” West

said. “And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because

I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch.

“I've even been shopping

before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right

now to see what is the biggest amount I can give…the way America is set

up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible.

I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot

of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and

they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!”

There was a tape delay,

but the person in charge of censoring was only looking for profane words and

didn’t know that West was not following his script.

West’s comments were

edited out of the West Coast airing of the show, which was broadcast three hours


Before the show was over,

the host, NBC News’ Matt Lauer, stated that emotions in the country are

high because of the destruction the hurricane has left, the handling of the

disaster and the strain of the war in Iraq.


that emotion is translated into inspiration, sometimes into criticism,”

Lauer said referring to West’s’ comments. “We've heard some

of that tonight. But it's still part of the American way of life."