After months of relative Twitter silence, the rapper lost it after seeing Kimmel's show parody West's recent interview with Zane Lowe – by insulting Kimmel's face, sense of humour and sexual prowess.
"JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS," wrote West, inaugurating his torrent of tweeted invective. "JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES – OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD PUSSY IN YOUR LIFE." Before long, West was posting a captioned picture of Spongebob Squarepants, proposing that the shirtless undersea cartoon character has a "Jimmy Kimmel face".
Kanye West hasn't tweeted a swearword since July, when he responded to the leaked video for Black Skinhead. This time, the cause was a video: on Tuesday night, Kimmel staged a "Kid re(Kreation)" of West's BBC sit-down, hiring children to play both interviewer and interviewee. The clip was less than a minute long, and the main comedic element was a pair of milkshakes.
"SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE?" West continued. "YOUR FACE LOOKS CRAZY … IS THAT FUNNY? OR IF I HAD A KID SAY IT WOULD IT BE FUNNY???" He then moved on to Kimmel's ex-girlfriend. "SARAH SILVERMAN IS A THOUSAND TIMES FUNNIER THAN YOU AND THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT!!!"
Kimmel appeared to take it in his stride. "Apparently @KanyeWest is VERY VERY ANGRY with me …" he tweeted. Then, sardonically: "I swear, @kanyewest one more of these [angry tweets and] I WILL unfollow you #warning #Goshdarnit."
There's no denying that "the first piece of honest media in years" contained a lot of quotable hilarity. West dissed designer Hedi Slimane, made multiple Truman Show metaphors, and claimed people want him to wear the "patina" of a drug dealer. "Why do you think Niggaz in Paris is called Niggaz in Paris?" he said at one point. "Cos Niggaz were in Paris. No one can say I don't know how to design a men's sneaker."
Yeezus, West's sixth album, is out now.
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