Can you take back an apology? Kanye West can!
The rapper -- whose new album "Yeezus" is slated to drop next week -- recently told the New York Times that he doesn't regret his infamous interruption of Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. But he seems to regret apologizing for it.
The rapper told the Times, "I don't have one regret. If anyone's reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now."
He added that the apology came after immense peer pressure: "I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human," he said. "My message isn't perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure. 'Dark Fantasy' was my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology. It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like: 'Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves.'"
In case you need a refresher, in the middle of Swift's acceptance speech for the Female Video of the Year at the 2009 VMAs, Kanye hijacked the stage, promising the pop country star, "I'm gonna let you finish," before declaring that his girl, Beyonce, deserved the award. A swift (no pun intended) backlash ensued, and the rapper later apologized -- repeatedly.
West quickly issued a series of tweets that said: "I'm sorry, Taylor. We're both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you [Twitter co-founders] Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly."
He added, "If you Google a--hole my face may very well pop up 2 pages into the search…She had no idea what hit her. She's justa lil girl with dreams like the rest of us. Beyoncé didn't need that. MTV didn't need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn't want or need that…. When I woke up from the crazy nightmare, I looked in the mirror and said GROW UP KANYE. I'm ready to get out of my own way. The ego is overdone. I take the responsibility for my actions. Yes I was that guy. A 32 year old child. With new found humility ... who am I to run on stage? I would never ever again in a million years do that. Sorry to let you down."
And if his repeated use of his 140 characters wasn't enough, the rapper then took to his blog to reflect some more.
"I feel like Ben Stiller in 'Meet the Parents' when he messed up everything and Robert De Niro asked him to leave," he wrote. "That was Taylor's moment and I had no right in any way to take it from her. I am truly sorry."
Prior to that, he posted a rambling blog apology -- in ALL CAPS -- which detailed that he spoke to Swift's mom after the incident. He went on to sing the county star's praises: "She is very talented! I like the lyrics about being a cheerleader and she's in the bleachers! I'm in the wrong for going on stage and taking away from her moment!"
During an appearance on "The View," Swift recounted the bizarre VMA incident, then later told ABC News Radio: "Kanye did call me, and he was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted his apology."
And on "The Jay Leno Show," Kanye told the late night host, "I immediately knew in the situation that it was wrong. And it was very -- it was just -- it was rude, period. ... I'd like to be able to apologize to her in person." He added that he planned to take some time off to figure out how to "improve."
Four years later, he has no regrets. Except for all of those apologies, that is.
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