Rapper Jay-Z is speaking out to defend Kanye West for interrupting Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV VMAs. The Kanye West Taylor Swift incident launched a nationwide frenzy over West’s behavior, culminating in President Barack Obama calling him a “jackass” for his disrespect of the young singer.

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In an interview with BBC Radio 1‘s Jo Whiley, Jay-Z called Kanye West’s actions at the VMAs “rude” but said he thinks it is equally “rude” the way he is being treated in the media. “He’s on the cover of every paper. He didn’t kill anybody. No one got harmed,” Jay-Z said.

Jay-Z said that although West’s actions at the VMAs were “inappropriate at the time,” he’s just a “super-passionate person.” Kanye West teamed up with Jay-Z for the rapper’s new album Blueprint 3. Jay-Z said Kanye West was only expressing his feelings over Taylor Swift’s defeat of Beyonce – Jay-Z’s wife – in the Best Female Video Award category at the VMAs. “Of course it was rude because it was her moment but that’s the way he really felt.”

“It’s an awards show,” Jay-Z said dismissively of the hype around the incident. “At the end of the day, we’re gonna celebrate [Kanye West] for his passion more than vilify him.”



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