Kanye West to Stick to Entertainment for NFL Show
September 7, 2005

Music star Kanye West made headlines Friday night during NBC's telethon when he went on a rant against the president, saying, among other things, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Now, for the first time, West is talking about the incident.

"It's been a lot of pressure for one human being," West admitted at the Los Angeles news conference for the "NFL Opening Kickoff" TV special. The hip-hop star said he planned to stick to entertainment for the gala broadcast on Thursday night.

"I don't want to detract from the show at all because this is entertainment, and we need entertainment to lift people's spirits," West said.

The music star stunned America, and even co-stars Mike Myers and Chris Tucker, when he blasted Bush during the "Concert for Hurricane Relief" telethon. "I hate the way they portray us in the media," West had said. "See a black family, they say it's looting. See a white family, they're looking for food."

West recently taped an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." During the show, West explained his controversial comments to Ellen. "It was just so emotional," he insisted. "I just felt there were so many things that I had been hearing and bullet points that I've been hearing that weren't on those Teleprompters. And I told Mike Myers, 'Yo, I'm going to ad lib a little bit.'"

And from coast to coast, the stars continue to take sides and weigh in on West's comments. Rocker Adam Levine of Maroon5, who is also performing on "NFL Opening Kickoff," told "Extra," "I think it's his job as an American. It's a great thing. I think the most beautiful thing about this country is being able to say what you want to say."

"Deuce Bigalow" funnyman Eddie Griffin agreed. "I mean, they have these organizations, 'Save the Whales,' 'Save the Dolphins,' 'Save the Dogs'; what happened to 'Save the People'?"

Meanwhile, rocker John Mellencamp admitted that he's not sure about West's racial remarks, but he does agree with the message. "If you can't take care of the poorest in this country, then you can't take care of anybody," he said. "A certain amount of anger rises about the government and how they handled it."

And at Tuesday night's Hollywood premiere of "The Man," co-star and New Orleans native Anthony Mackie backed West, and even took it a step further, saying, "It's not a black and white issue. Bush doesn't care about white people either."

Kanye's interview airs Friday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."


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