Kanye West has taken to Twitter today to address rumors and reports that he disrespected the late Nelson Mandela in a radio interview. This all stems from a fake interview published by satirical website Daily Currant on Friday, which included West saying he was “the next Nelson Mandela,” amongst other ridiculous statements. The fake interview wasn’t especially funny, and was pretty disrespectful coming so quickly on the heels of the great leader and campaigner’s death, but hey, that’s the internet for you.
Over the weekend, various people on Twitter thought the story was real, with the confusion reaching a high-point when major South African newspaper Times Live (over 141, 000 Twitter followers) picked up the story thinking it was real (their reaction has now been deleted).
Here is Kanye’s response to the confusion, which he evidently thinks is part of a concerted effort by the media to discredit him, but really is the result of some internet tomfoolery and a pretty extreme fact-checking fail on the part a news writer somewhere.