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AUG 8, 2011

People look at me like I'm Hitler': Kanye West causes controversy with another bizarre rant (dailymail.co.uk)

People look at me like I'm Hitler': Kanye West causes controversy with another bizarre rant

By Mike Larkin

He has a reputation for making outrageous statements.

And Kanye West has once again found himself at the centre of controversy after comparing himself to Adolf Hitler.

The rapper has drew the wrath of Holocaust awareness groups after likening himself to the notorious Nazi during a performance at the Big Chill festival in Hertfordshire in England.

He said: ‘I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm f**king insane, like I'm Hitler.

‘One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did.’

Some would suggest the rant betrays a streak of paranoia running through the singer, who is never far from controversy.

He has been criticised in the past for accusing then President George W Bush of being racist, storming onto the stage of the MTV Europe Music Awards after failing to win a gong in 2006, and rushing on again at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to complain when Beyonce lost out to Taylor Swift.

Now he has compared himself to the German dictator, who started the Second World War and created extermination camps where almost three million people were murdered.

Mark Rothman Executive Director of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust said: 'Kanye West’s remarks at a recent concert in England, in which he claimed being so misunderstood people look at him as if he were Hitler, only suggests how little he understands.

'He certainly misunderstands the supreme unattractiveness of his 'poor me' self-pitying martyrdom act.

'He misunderstands the vast gulf between his actions, no matter how wrong they may be or how wrong people may think they are, and those of the single biggest mass murderer in history.

'And he misunderstands the great responsibility he holds in his hands together with his microphone.'

West  launched into his rant after one of his band members made a mistake during the performance of Monster.

The star also took to the stage 30 minutes late, and complained he had lost his voice.

He said: ‘This is my most important gig of the summer, but I'm really frustrated.

‘I only have half of my voice. I just want things to be right. This is the reason we started half an hour late.'

West then compared himself to legendary Chicago Bulls star basketball player Michael Jordan during a foul-mouthed rant.

He said: ‘Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference.

‘It's so much f**king going on in music right now and somebody has to make a f**king difference."

The Heartless rapper also defended the controversial video for Monster, which was banned because it featured cannibalism and girls hanging from their necks.

He said: 'Who saw the video before it got banned, before they took it down and before women's groups started saying that a person that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?'

The College Dropout star was  referring to the death of his mother Donda in 2007, which left him devastated.

However the 34-year-old did end the show on a positive note by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse, whom he described as 'beautiful' and 'amazing'.

He added: ‘Thank you for protecting your artists that are still here, this is for Alexander McQueen, for Amy, for Michael Jackson, and for all the media - can you lighten up on the artists that are still here?'

West was joined on stage by his three-man backing band and 20 dancers on a stage which also featured Roman-style statues and ballerinas.

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