Kanye vs. Paparazzi: Who’s really at fault?

July 23rd, 2013

(Photo: Splash News)

It’s no secret Kanye West’s relationship with photographers has been about as comfortable as Paula Deen at a Trayvon Martin protest. Never one to hold back, West is known to take shots at invasive cameramen, often showering them with angry commands. “Don’t ever talk!” is just one such example.

Last Friday,  July 19, 2013, West tried to wrestle a camera away from one of the many paps awaiting him outside LAX airport. The photographer, known as Dano, called paramedics and filed a police report while Kanye left the scene in a car.  TMZ reported the rapper would be charged with felony assault and robbery.

This is not the first time of one of Yeez’s verbal attacks got physical. He put his hands on one paparazzo demanding the man not ask any questions or to even to say “hello” following the famous incident where Yeezy face-planted into a sign.

Of the two sides–Kanye vs. Paparazzi–both parties seem to repeat the behavior that put them at odds, but who’s really to blame?

On the one hand, Kanye has no shame about his repeated lashings, boastful even, as he raps about his aversion to being nice to people on his latest LP, Yeezus. “Soon as they like you make ‘em unlike you/Cause kissing people ass is so unlike you.” Now, it’s pretty clear most celebs are not fans (at least not openly) of the paparazzi. One young man was recently killed crossing into L.A. traffic in an attempt to take pictures of Justin Bieber and not much sadness was expressed over his passing. The paparazzi are notoriously overly aggressive trying to elicit a response from celebrities that will make headlines and garner the photographers big bucks for their footage.

Dano, the cameraman that Kanye assaulted most recently, has a history of being antagonistic. TMZ reported that he was the one who instigated Britney Spears to attack his car with an umbrella years ago. And although, most would agree that there should be laws to prohibit some of the intrusive behavior of the paparazzi, they’d probably also tell you that the limelight and the flashing lights comes with being a celebrity.

Yeezy knows that people are going to play on his temper to try to get a rise out of him. Furthermore, the mother of his child, who he is scheduled to marry, is a creation of the very people he loathes. Kim Kardashian is the epitome of a media-created celebrity, so for him to want unwavering privacy is in direct contrast to what makes sense for Kim K’s career.

‘Sonning’ these cameramen was cute for a while but the entertainment value fades every time Kanye explodes and now he’s facing felony assault charges. If Ye’s hoping that they would leave him alone after seeing him go ballistic one a few of them he is wrong. He should expect photographers to be even more aggressive. Kanye’s temporary victory of getting the cameras out of his face is going to cost him a ton in the end. In this scenario, to the loser belong the spoils.

Kanye has to figure out a new way to deal with the paparazzi before he ends up behind bars. In his mind he maybe a God, but in the eyes of the law he is just a man.

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