Kanye West Denies Disrespecting Nelson Mandela

posted December 09, 2013 02:00:00 PM CST | 82 comments

Kanye West Denies Disrespecting Nelson Mandela

Kanye West speaks about his admiration for Nelson Mandela and blasts reports of the contrary.

Kanye West has released a series of Twitter updates regarding Nelson Mandela's passing. 

In the series of Twitter posts, West discussed Mandela's family, life and legacy. 

"Mandela sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind," West wrote in a Twitter post. "Thank you, Mandela, for your life's work and may it serve as a guiding light to illuminate our future."

West also denied recent reports made by some outlets concerning West's comments about Mandela. 

On Friday (December 6), The Daily Currant posted a false interview claiming to be with Kanye West. The Daily Currant refers to itself as "The Global Satirical Newspaper of Record," according to Huffington Post. However, other publications picked up the story and attributed the quotes to West. 

In the made-up interview by the site, West said that he believes he is "the next Nelson Mandela."

"I'm only 36 years old, and when I look at everything I've accomplished, it's the only comparison that makes any sense," The Daily Currant claimed West said. "By the time I'm 95, I'm going to be a bigger hero than he ever was." 

Nelson Mandela, a South African activist and leader of the anti-apartheid movement, passed away Thursday (December 5). He was 95.

West's Twitter statements can be viewed below.

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