Kanye’s camera crackdowncall

December 2008


Kanye West has spoken out against the paparazzi after being arrested on Friday following his latest altercation with the snappers, this time in the UK. Following his arrest in LA last month after a run in with a photographer at the city’s Airport, this time West was taken in for questioning after causing a photographer’s nose to bleed in Newcastle. He wasn’t actually charged on either occasion. West wrote on his blog this weekend: “Who’s winning, me or the media? Regardless of how much light I put out, there are people working just as hard to only deliver darkness. If you listen to my music, how could I deliver so many positive uplifting messages and be the monster that the media paints? Paparazzi give real photographers a bad name”. Commenting specifically on the Newcastle fracas, he continued: “I put my hand up to the camera in self-defence! Here’s what happened…when I left the club, I was encountered by a thirsty paparazzi as usual. He felt he had more rights to my space than me, so I put my hand up to prevent him from taking my image. I didn’t assault him but merely putting my hand up to cover his lens. My security yelled, ‘get the camera off him’. I guess in all the commotion the camera scraped his nose”. Concluding, he called for new laws to stop the paparazzi: “Let us not forget the paps killed Princess Diana. When will there be a law passed that simply enforces that someone has to ask to take a photograph of you? That would seem like common courtesy. Right now the paps are above the law and the people they shoot are below it”.


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