Kanye West: Being famous like fighting for civil rights

Kanye West: Being famous like fighting for civil rights

KANYE WEST: Getting paid millions of dollars and having your photograph taken on the street is Hollywood's civil rights movement. Photo: Associated Press

Kanye West branded himself “the smartest celebrity” and ranted about “discrimination” against his fellow stars during a heated deposition as part of a legal battle with a photographer.

The hip-hop star was convicted of misdemeanor battery stemming from a clash with snapper Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport in July, 2013, and he was ordered to serve 250 hours of community service and attend anger management classes.

Ramos is now pursuing a civil action against West, and the “Stronger” hitmaker recently sat for a deposition as part of the ongoing case.

A transcript, obtained by, reveals West branded himself the “smartest celebrity you’ve ever (expletive) dealt with,” adding, “I’m not Britney Spears.”

PHOTOS: Kanye West looking angry for no apparent reason

He went on to compare the problems facing modern celebrities to the persecution of African-Americans during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

He ranted, “I mean in the ’60s people used to hold up ‘Die (racial slur)’ signs when my parents were in the sit-ins… I equate it (being famous) to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities… We, as a group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together (sic) to influence guys like this – guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check.”

West previously addressed similar issues during his lengthy wedding speech in Italy in May.

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