Description: Fake news / Satire
Circulating since: Dec. 2013
Status: FALSE (see details below)
Kanye West: ‘I Am The Next Nelson Mandela’
Dec 06, 2013
Kanye West is under fire today for claiming that he will soon be a bigger cultural and civil rights icon than Nelson Mandela.
In an interview with WGCI radio in Chicago, the notoriously self-promoting rapper said that yesterday's death of the 95-year-old South African leader will finally allow people to focus more of their attention on West's own accomplishments.
In the studio to promote his new music video Bound 2, the conversation soon turned to the day's biggest news out of South Africa. West was asked who he thought on the world stage today could possibly replace Nelson Mandela in terms of leadership, and his unconventional answer left heads spinning.
"I am the next Nelson Mandela," West responded. "I'm only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I've accomplished, it's the only comparison that makes any sense. By the time I'm 95, I'm going to be a bigger hero than he ever was.
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Analysis: False. American hip-hop star Kanye West is notorious for making off-the-wall and arrogant public statements, but he did not utter the quote above comparing himself to Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela, the recently deceased former president of South Africa.
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Sources and further reading:
Kanye West: 'I Am the Next Nelson Mandela'
Daily Currant (satire website), 6 December 2013
Kanye West's 10 Most Arrogant Quotes
News.com.au, 3 December 2013
Kanye West Bio
Nelson Mandela Bio
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Last updated 12/07/13