Mike Myers: I Was “Proud” Of Kanye West For “Truth” Behind Infamous “George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People” Rant
Mike Myers opens up in a new GQ interview about the infamous moment when he stood beside Kanye West during a Hurricane Katrina telethon as the rapper declared, “George W. Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
See the famous footage below.
The Austin Powers star reflects, “I don’t do many things. And I remember watching the television and seeing, because I’m a citizen now, my fellow citizens on the roofs of buildings dying.”
“And I turned into my father, where my dad would shout at the TV. My dad hated injustice. I’ve been called for many, many telethons, hither and yon, and I remember just being so upset and feeling, ironically, that if this was white people on roofs, the army would be there in five seconds,” explains Myers.
He says that he agreed to the telethon because he wanted to help the Red Cross relief efforts, and when he was paired with West for the event, the rapper “said he was going to take some liberties with the thing.”
“I didn’t know that the liberty would be calling out the president,” recalls Myers, adding that he doesn’t think West knew what exactly he planned to say.
Myers famously looked stunned by West’s words, but he tells GQ, “For me it isn’t about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans… I’m the guy next to the guy who spoke a truth.”
“I assume that George Bush does care about black people — I mean I don’t know him, I’m going to make that assumption — but I can definitively say that it appeared to me watching television that had that been white people, the government would have been there faster,” says the star.
Myers continues, “And so to me that’s really the point — the look on my face is, to me, almost insulting to the true essence of what went down in New Orleans.”
He says, “I’m, like, super proud to have been next to [West]. The look on my face is… to be honest with you, I thought I handled it well… Because live TV is my milieu, and improv is my training, you know.”
“It has been painful that the culture has at times meditated on my surprise, when it’s really the message, dude,” explains Myers. “The message, the message, the message, you know. There’s a world of fail culture, and it’s hardly a fail on my part to be next to the guy that spoke truth to power at a time [of] horrific injustices.”
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