New York Times Issues Correction After Being Duped By Fake Kanye West Quotes About Kim Kardashian’s Butt

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Kim Kardashian Kanye West New York Times Correction

By Shari Weiss

Kim Kardashian Kanye West New York Times Correction

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The New York Times made an embarrassing blunder this weekend when it erroneously published fake quotes attributed to Kanye West in a column all about Kim Kardashian’s butt.

The revered outlet, considered to be the best worldwide, featured the piece by humor columnist Joyce Wadler on its website Friday, with the author cheekily writing about the consequences Kardashian could face from having such a big booty. Inspired by the reality star’s now infamous naked Paper magazine photos, Wadler wondered, “How happy do you think Kim will be with her enormous can at 80? There she’ll be, trying to negotiate narrow supermarket aisles with her wheelie cart and her massive derrière, although it is true, given her talent with the champagne glass, she may be able to put a few containers of Metamucil on it.”

Wadler went on, “A public plea to the Kims of the world: Before you throw these pictures all over the web, think of the power you wield. The sidewalks are crowded enough. If this big-butt thing takes off, we’ll be walking in the gutters.” But the column, while light-hearted, actually featured a rather large mistake. Wadler included “quotes” “West” supposedly gave about the shoot, except the statements were MADE UP by a parody website. Yes, the New York Times was apparently tricked by a joke site.

In an online correction issued on Saturday, the Times wrote, “An earlier version of this column was published in error. That version included what purported to be an interview that Kanye West gave to a Chicago radio station in which he compared his own derrière to that of his wife, Kim Kardashian. Mr. West’s quotes were taken, without attribution, from the satirical website The Daily Currant. There is no radio station WGYN in Chicago; the interview was fictitious, and should not have been included in the column.”

It’s pretty hilarious that Wadler was seemingly attempting to mock Kardashian with her own satirical column, but now the joke’s on her after she was fooled by another satirical article that beat her to it. What do you think of the mistake and the Times’ correction?

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