Kanye West Has Compared Himself to Many People, but Nelson Mandela Isn't One of Them

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Kanye West Has Compared Himself to Many People, but Nelson Mandela Isn't One of Them

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Kanye West has compared himself to Hitler, Willy Wonka, and Barack Obama

Kanye West can't seem to make up his mind about who he wants to be -- there's an ever-growing list of famous figures and fictional characters who the rapper has compared himself to.

However, Nelson Mandela isn't on that list. According to E! Online, some people were fooled by fake Kanye comments published on a spoof website. They read in part, "Nelson Mandela did a lot of good work, don't get me wrong. But I think I'm on track to do something even bigger. I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever."

Kanye responded to the false report by tweeting, "Despite recent media reports, I've never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders."

However, the rapper did recently compare himself to two groups of people who might find his words just a tad offensive. According to the Daily News, he made the controversial comments during a radio interview with radio interview with SaturdayNightOnline.com. "I'm just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally," he said (he was referring to the giant mountain-shaped stage that he performs on during his shows). "That mountain goes really, really high, and if I slipped … You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I'm like, 'Wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.'"

This definitely isn't the first time Kanye West has raised eyebrows by comparing himself to other people. Here's a rundown of some of his craziest comparisons:

Willy Wonka

Kanye didn't go so far as to compare himself to Robocop or Rambo during his speech about how heroic he is, but he does think that he's like another fictional character. Earlier this year, Kanye claimed that he's the Steve Jobs "of internet, downtown, fashion, culture" during a New York Times interview. However, he later amended this assertion during an interview with Washington's 95.5 WPGC station. "I want to be as unrealistic as possible," he said, according to The Mirror. "The worst thing about me comparing myself to Steve Jobs in that it's too realistic of an idea. What I need to stay is I'm more like Willy Wonka." Who wouldn't want to visit Kanye and Kim's Kandy Land?

Vanellope von Schweetz from "Wreck-It Ralph"

Kanye seems to have a thing for candy. According to Us Weekly, he also compared himself to this pixelated princess character from a sweet-themed video game. "Have y'all ever seen 'Wreck-It Ralph?'" he asked during an interview with BBC Radio 1. "You remember how that girl in there -- the people that was racing? She was the glitch. You're telling me they don't look at me like the m--------king glitch? You're telling me people don't look at Kanye West like the glitch?" Luckily for Kanye, glitchy Vanellope wins in the end.

Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, and Shakespeare

Kanye doesn't just identify with a Disney cartoon character -- he thinks that he's Walt Disney himself. During an interview with Sway on Shade 45 SirusXM, Kanye compared himself to a list of artists and innovators. "I. Am. Warhol," he said, according to SPIN. "I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation, in the flesh. I am Shakespeare, Walt Disney." If only this were true -- imagine Kanye painting a Warhol-style picture of Kim Kardashian while wearing tights and a cap with a feather in it. And where's Kim's animated fairy-tale movie full of flowery Shakespearean language?


According to Us Weekly, Kanye compared himself to Hitler during a 2011 performance. "And once again I wake up, and I'm a monster," he said. "And I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street and people look at me like I'm f--king insane, like I'm Hitler." He At least his comparisons have become a little more positive since then.

Barack Obama

During an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Kanye tried to claim that he's more influential than the President of the United States. "No one is looking at what [President] Obama is wearing," he said, according to ABC News. "Michelle Obama cannot Instagram a pic like what my girl Instagrammed the other day." In Kanye's world, style and sexy selfies are what make a good leader.

A Slave

According to MTV, Kanye compared himself to Solomon Northup, the lead character from the movie "12 Years a Slave," during an interview with "American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis. The character is a free black man who gets sold into slavery. He said, "I kind of saw that side of what it was as a creative to be free, as the parallel of the main character in '12 Years A Slave,'" and then, when it was taken away from me, it felt like what it felt like as a creative to be enslaved." Kanye was complaining about how hard out there it is for a rapper trying to become a fashion designer.

Obviously the rapper really likes to compare himself to other people (the list above is far from complete), but what's so wrong with just being Kanye?

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