Kanye West was named Stylemaker of the Year by the Accessories Council, Monday night during the 14th Annual ACE Awards in New York City. The council honors individuals from the entertainment industry for their personal style and influence on fashion.
“When they make a list of 100 New Yorkers, and I’m not on it, it breaks my heart. Thank you for this moment of acceptance.”
On another note, Bush can’t seem to forget Kanye West when he made his infamous and unforgettable remark towards the then U.S. President. Entertainment Weekly has a preview of the discussion. During the nationally televised telethon during the 2005 Concert for Hurricane Relief the rapper infamously said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” an incident Bush called “disgusting.”
“He called me a racist,” Bush tells Lauer. “And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, ‘I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.’ It’s another thing to say, ‘This man’s a racist.’ I resent it, it’s not true.”
In the interview, Lauer quotes Bush’s book, saying, “‘Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.’ You go on, ‘I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all-time low.’”
President Bush responds: “Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ‘em when I heard ‘em, felt ‘em when I wrote ‘em and I felt ‘em when I’m listening to ‘em.
Lauer: “You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?”
Bush: “Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And it was a disgusting moment.”
Lauer: “I wonder if some people are going to read that, now that you’ve written it, and they might give you some heat for that. And the reason is this — “
Bush [interrupting]: “Don’t care.”
Lauer: “Well, here’s the reason. You’re not saying that the worst moment in you’re Presidency was watching the misery in Louisiana. You’re saying it was when someone insulted you because of that.”
Bush: “No, and I also make it clear that the misery in Louisiana affected me deeply as well. There’s a lot of tough moments in the book. And it was a disgusting moment, pure and simple.”
In true Kanye West fashion…he responded to Bush.
“I definitely can understand the way he feels, to be accused of being a racist in any way, because the same thing happened to me, where I got accused of being a racist,” he said, referring to MTV VMA incident with Taylor Swift last fall. “For both situations, it was basically a lack of compassion that America felt in that situation. With him, it was a lack of compassion with him not rushing, him not taking the time to rush down to New Orleans. For me, it was a lack of compassion of cutting someone off in their moment. But nonetheless, I think we’re all quick to pull a race card in America. And now I’m more open, and the poetic justice that I feel, to have went through the same thing that he went [through] — and now I really more connect with him on just a humanitarian level.”