Kanye West vs. Jimmy Kimmel – From Start To Finish
It all started innocently enough. On Monday afternoon (September 23), BBC Radio 1 posted the first installment of British radio DJ Zane Lowe's four-part interview with rapper Kanye West on the web. The interview featured Kanye being candid about a variety of subjects regarding his music and his life, expressed in a manner that was colorful and lively. The video became an instant viral success as various media outlets picked up on the story and covered Kanye's eminently quotable experience.
The next evening, September 24, late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live, hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel, aired a spoof of the video, featuring two child actors in the roles of West and Lowe. After the spoof, the video made the rounds on the internet Wednesday afternoon where it circulated to various media outlets, including XXL.
As anybody who has watched the famous "Fishsticks" episode of Comedy Central's South Park knows, Yeezy has trouble taking a joke at his expense. Two days after Kimmel's spoof of Kanye's BBC interview aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, Kanye took to Twitter to angrily air his grievances against the late-night comedian.
For those that have not seen South Park, his real-life situation resembled the plot of the 2009 "Fishsticks" episode where the show satirizes Kanye for seemingly not understanding how jokes are supposed to work. The episode featured one of the show's characters spawning a joke at Kanye's expense that Kanye does not understand and the fictional Kanye goes on a rampage across the country. Kanye's rant about Kimmel's joking video seemed to mirror his fictional South Park character's overly serious attitude towards a comedian's mockery. A fictionalized Jimmy Kimmel even appears in that particular episode, too.
Today, XXL has put together a timeline of the last week's events since the release of the original BBC interview with Kanye through 'Ye's Twitter Meltdown on Thursday evening.
September 23, 2013 - 4:00 p.m. ET - Part one of Zane Lowe's interview with Kanye West is posted on BBC Radio 1's YouTube.
September 24, 2013 - 4:00 p.m. ET- Part two of Zane Lowe's interview with Kanye West is posted on BBC Radio 1's YouTube.
September 24, 2013 - 11:35 p.m. ET - Jimmy Kimmel Live airs a spoof poking fun of Kanye West for his BBC Radio 1 interview with two child actors playing the role of 'Ye and Zane Lowe.
September 26, 2013 - Approximately 4:30 p.m. ET - According to Jimmy Kimmel, Kanye calls Jimmy approximately an hour before his Thursday Evening show taped to angrily complain about the spoof that ran on Wednesday. Yeezy asked the late night comedian to publicly apologize for the spoof or "that [Kimmel's] life would be much better if you apologize."
September 27, 2013 - 4 A.M. PT - Paparazzi camping outside of the garage at Kanye's house, approach him to ask his thoughts about his Twitter rant on Jimmy Kimmel. Cameras capture the incident as Kanye yells at the cameraman to shut up and leave his property. September 16, 2013 - 1:16 P.M. ET - Kanye retweets a post sent from his ex-business manager, Irving Azoff, that is critical of Kimmel's sketch.
September 27, 2013 - 1:17 P.M. ET - Kanye posts a link on Twitter to a Slate article critical of Jimmy Kimmel for making the spoof of Kanye's interview.
September 27, 2013 - 1:35 P.M. ET - Returning to Twitter after an 11 hour absence, Kanye tweets direct quote taken from a young fashion blogger, Jibril Durimel, who posted critical comments regarding Jimmy Kimmel's twitter in the comment section of an article on online fashion blog, Hypebeast. XXL spoke with Durimel about how he felt to be tweeted by the world-famous rapper, in which the young blogger responded, "It's not really about the feeling but I was happy my comment got recognition overall."
September 27, 2013 - 2:34 P.M. ET - Jimmy Kimmel challenges Kanye West to a rap battle.
September 29, 2013 - Kanye West deletes the entire contents of his anti-Jimmy Kimmel Twitter rant.
XXL will continue to keep you informed as the story continues to progress.