One of the most cringeworthy pieces of video during the entirety of the Bush administration was when, during a telethon to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West went off-script and said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Here’s the video of the infamous moment, for a refresher:
One of the funniest parts of that clip is just how visibly uncomfortable Mike Myers looks, standing there, trying to move on as normal. Well, fast-forward nine years, and now Myers tells GQ he now feels “super proud” that he was next to West as he made that bold assertion.
The interviewer noted how some people associate Myers strongly with that moment, and asked him to reflect on it. Myers said he knew in advance West would be taking “some liberties” with what he would say, and he admitted his reaction to what West said detracted from the substance of the comment:
For me it isn’t about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans. I don’t mind answering the question but the emphasis of it being that I’m the guy next to the guy who spoke a truth. I assume that George Bush does care about black people—I mean I don’t know him, I’m going to make that assumption—but I can definitively say that it appeared to me watching television that had that been white people, the government would have been there faster.
He added, “There’s a world of fail culture, and it’s hardly a fail on my part to be next to the guy that spoke truth to power.”
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