SO many rumours, so little time. There's the one about how exactly Kim turns him on, and how he's a "blowfish".... However, there's one rumour Kanye is keen to address in more detail. It's his campaign to raise awareness of the plight that celebrities, like himself and Kim, are currently going through. During the course of the interview he compares Kim to a dinosaur, and calls Carine Roitfeld "the Walt Disney of what Tumblr is today"... Be warned, this is 5 minutes you're never getting back. But it may just be worth it.
OK, still with us? Amazing. We'd all heard about the wedding toast (that allegedly turned into a lengthy speech) rumour. The one where Kanye allegedly ranted for 45 minutes? Here, in his interview with GQ, he says he merely addressed "the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the '60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name... I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim. And how we're going to fight to raise the respect level for celebrities so that my daughter can live a more normal life. She didn't choose to be a celebrity. But she is. So I'm going to fight to make sure she has a better life." Buying her a miniature lambo was a good start.
Explaining the 'plight of the celebrity' further, Kanye said: "There was a time for two or three years where fashion designers wouldn't give Kim dresses. There was a time they wouldn't even let me be at shows. Now the idea that Kim is in a Givenchy Couture dress is raising the communication. Because people would be more apt to be like, 'Celebrities don't really have style. Celebrities can't dress. Celebrities are less educated.' But they haven't had the chance to be able to break through and have Carine Roitfeld sitting right there. Carine Roitfeld is the Walt Disney of what Tumblr is today (in actuality Carine Roitfield was editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris for ten years). She is the Kanye West of what Tumblr is today. She's the single most important person to what street style is today. And she was at the wedding seven seats down from Kim, who is one of the number one fashion plates of today. So I said, 'Wow, Carine is seven seats down from Kim. Farnaz [Farjam], the producer of the Kardashians and the producer of The Real World, is four seats down from [director] Steve McQueen. And four seats, because in between them is Hosain [Rahman] from Jawbone.' This is what I talked about. That was not a 45-minute speech to myself. Do you realize what that means for those people to be in that close of a proximity to each other?... I was so moved that I just wanted people to stop and think they weren't sitting at a table full of fashion people, they weren't sitting at a table full of celebrities, they weren't sitting at a table full of movie directors. It really was a representation of the way we receive information today, post-internet."
Yep, it's truly amazing, and you made it happen. All hail the king of Tumblr today!
He added: "One of the things that I said at the speech was, anyone that's at this table has had to defend me or Kim or both of us at some point in their life. Ask a boxer: 'In the third round, when he hit you from the side on your ear, how did that specifically feel?' You wouldn't ask a boxer that. Because you know they're there to fight. Meaning now you know I'm here to fight. I'm here to fight for the re-education of what celebrity is. To say, 'Yes, we are celebrities, but yes, we're also innovators, we're also inventors, we're also thoughtful.' "
When asked why he decided to get married, Kanye responds: "Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur... People would try to say, 'Well, you know, if you're a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.' I don't give a f--k about people's opinions... Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur - especially if you're an only child and it's not because of the book that the sibling was reading - it's like, f--k, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That's amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there's danger, the possibility of them exploding? That's f--king cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this f--king body and this face is also into style, and she's a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That's just as cool as a f--king fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen."
For the full Kanye Reveals All experience, make your way over to GQ for possibly more dinosaur references, talk of unions, blowfish comparisons, and "de-fanging."
Seriously, the only way this interview could be any better is if he regaled the entire thing through an auto tuner.