The Kanye God complex
County Superior Court. West, who has long maintained a hostile stance toward paparazzi and even rapped about his contempt for the media, was captured on video July 19 wrestling video photographer Danny Ramos to the ground. The video, obtained by TMZ, showed West leaving the airport and heading toward a waiting car. He then stops and appears to get into an argument with one of the numerous photographers on scene, putting the man in a headlock and forcing him to the ground. Though a camera is between the two, West’s lawyer told authorities the video shows the entertainer never grabbed it.The singer’s lawyer has insisted West was simply trying to stop the photographer from taking a picture. After reviewing the incident, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office declined to file felony assault and attempted-robbery charges, and instead referred the issue to the city attorney. In papers from the district attorney’s office on the matter, Deputy Dist. Atty. Amy-Hannah Broersma wrote that West had “attacked a freelance photographer,” who was subsequently treated for cuts and muscle strain at Marina del Rey Hospital. She wrote that the case was declined after investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department ‘s Robbery-Homicide Division presented its findings in the matter and a video of the incident was reviewed. The prosecutor said an attempted-robbery charge was declined because there was insufficient evidence of any “specific intent.” She added that felony assault charges were rejected because the victim did not sustain significant injuries. The prosecutor noted the photographer’s camera was not booked into evidence and so “it is unknown whether it was damaged, therefore vandalism charges were not considered.” Last month, attorney Gloria Allred sued West on behalf of the photographer, blasted other celebrities who defended the rapper’s behavior. In the lawsuit, Ramos alleges assault, battery, negligence and violation of civil rights. Ramos later told reporters he was in “complete shock” during the altercation. “All I had done was ask him a question.
Brown went so far as to post a photo on Instagram of Christ hanging on the cross, but the post was removed shortly after. In a 1966 interview with the London Evening Standard, the Beatles’ John Lennon was famously quoted as saying, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right, and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now.” Lennon apologized for his statements after extreme backlash. Pop diva Madonna’s name means “Virgin Mary,” the woman historically known as the mother of Jesus Christ. Although she was born with the name, religion has played a large part in some of the songstress’ tunes, such as “Like a Virgin” and “Like a Prayer.” Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman often offers his bizarre views on faith and also refers to himself as God, telling interviewers that he is God because “God’s created in my image.” Morgan has even portrayed God on the big screen in “Bruce Almighty.” “Steel Magnolias” star Shirley MacLaine and West both evidently believe they are the Most High. In the actress’ autobiography, “Out on a Limb,” MacLaine proudly boasted, “I am God!” HIDE CAPTION Kanye West’s new album, “Yeezus,” has several controversial track titles That includes the audacious “I Am a God” His lyrics have raised debate over whether he thinks he’s a deity (CNN) — Kanye West wants his listeners to know that he is “a close high” to God. His latest album, “Yeezus,” released Tuesday, offered several controversial track titles, including “New Slaves,” “Black Skinhead” and the most audacious, “I Am a God.” The track’s credit says “featuring God,” as if He’s just another artist — a Rick Ross or Pharrell Williams — stepping into the studio to spit a couple of verses. The song closes with the verses, “I just talked to Jesus/he said, ‘What up, Yeezus?’/I said “S*** I’m chilling/trying to stack these millions’/I know he’s the most high, but I am a close high.” Review: ‘Yeezus’ is Kanye West’s darkest, most extreme album yet So, does Kanye really think he’s God’s match? Some say the outspoken West is downright delusional, but Monica Miller, author of “Religion and Hip Hop,” thinks otherwise. The rap star’s god-absorbed lyrics are a referral to his high status in the music industry, not a statement of religious beliefs, said Miller, an assistant professor of religious studies at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. “I don’t think (this Christian theological language) is creating a religion,” she said. “He’s using God to situate himself at the top of the game.” But Pastor C.