Earlier this week, a satirical Website called Scrape.TV posted a (fake) story about how, with the passing of Michael Jackson, Kanye West declared himself as the new King of Pop. For those who actually scrutinized Scrape TV and saw its other headlines ("Study Finds Silver Bullets Largely Ineffective Against Werewolves," "Satanist Group Claims Devil Getting Bad Rap"), it was apparent from the onset that West was just being made fun of for past indiscretions involving his giant ego, like when South Park "murdered" Kanye.
However, some other media outlets picked up the story as fact, with widespread reports claiming that West was declaring himself as the "King of Pop." Even though the story was completely debunked, Kanye finally caught wind of the King of Pop rumor today, taking to his Caps Locked blog for a rant against the false allegations:
I was just listening to Wendy Williams and heard some quote about me saying I'm the new King of Pop. Not only did I not say that, I haven't said anything. It makes me feel bad that obviously I made people feel that I would be corny enough to say something so whack after the passing of an idol, a legend and more than that a human being with feelings and family. It scares me to think what people will believe, without even a source. Any random person can type something on the Internet and then the world believes it. I don't talk to press or do TV or do promotions of any sort. I've stopped chasing and buying into fame. Fame is like cigarettes with no surgeon general warning. It destroys most people as it did to the true and only King of Pop. We exploit ourselves and eat our own egos 'till there is nothing left. I have a feeling that this won't be the last false statement with my name on it, but this will be the last time I defend myself. I'm done."
So there you have it, Kanye did not say he was the King of Pop. As Rock Daily previously reported, Kanye did refer to Jay-Z as our generation's Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga the next Madonna, but to call himself the next MJ is completely ridiculous. This isn't the first time Kanye has been victimized by online hooligans, as Twitter imposters have also caused Kanye to blog in defense of himself.
• Kanye West Admits To Getting "Murdered" By "South Park," Promises To Deflate Ego
• Kanye West Rages Against Twitter Imposters in Blog Rant
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