By Megan Haymond and Shelby Powers
On Tuesday, March 18, the one and only Kayne West filed no contest to assault charges he received last summer after an altercation between himself and reporter, Daniel Ramos, at the Los Angeles Airport. Ramos was taken down in a headlock and punched in the face. Ramos chose to sue West, and West now faces six counts of a misdemeanor each with a $1,000 fine or up to six months in jail. Kayne West is required to complete 250 hours of community service, attend an anger management class, and remain 100 yards away from Ramos.
The taped video of the aggressive act isn’t the first time West has shown a more hostile side. After all, there is a reason President Obama calls West a “jackass.” According to the LA Times he, “allegedly punch[ed] a man at a Beverly Hills chiropractor’s office after the rapper reached a civil compromise with the alleged victim” and prosecutors refused to file charges. He also apparently punched a man after he made rude comments about Kayne West’s fiancée, Kim Kardashian, before she entered her office. Despite his prior record that demonstrates a tendency of aggression, money and power have aided Kayne West in receiving minimal consequences for his actions. Reporter Daniel Ramos commented to American Live Wire that, “I believe that if I did what he did to me, I would have been put behind bars.”
In the few interviews Kayne West permits, he often discusses how the public views him in a box. He remarks about how he is more than just an egotistical rapper and wants more for his life and career. However, it is hard for the public view him in any other light when his actions demonstrate he is everything he says he’s more than. It is not surprising that a man who identifies himself as “Yeezus” or the modern Shakespeare cannot be humble and polite to others. On June 19, Kayne said to W Magazine, “So the next day I went to the studio with Daft Punk, and I wrote ‘I Am a God,’ Cause it’s like, yo! Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go. Man, I’m the #1 living and breathing rock star. I am Axl Rose; I am Jim Morrison; I am Jimi Hendrix.” This mindset of elitism is evident in his violent actions. It is clear anger management classes cannot reform his thinking that is the root of all his issues. It is this idea that he is better than others that causes him to lash out on anyone that he deems lesser and that bothers him. For a celebrity, his ability to handle critique is surprisingly low. With these new charges and negative publicity, perhaps Kayne can wave goodbye to any hopes of returning to the public’s good graces.