Mike Myers: The landscape of the city has changed dramatically, tragically and perhaps irreversibly. There is now over 25 feet of water where there was once city streets and thriving neighborhoods.
(toss to Kanye West)
West: I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, "They're looting." You see a white family, it says, "They're looking for food." And, you know, it's been five days [waiting for federal help] because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help -- with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way -- and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!
(West tossback to Myers...who has a blank look on his face like, 'that's not on the prompter'.)
Myers: And subtle, but in many ways even more profoundly devastating, is the lasting damage to the survivors' will to rebuild and remain in the area. The destruction of the spirit of the people of southern Louisiana and Mississippi may end up being the most tragic loss of all.
(Myers tossback to West.)
West: George Bush doesn't care about black people!
(Flabbergasted Myers has another 'huh?' look on his face, obviously uncomfortable..he scratches his eye and continues)
Myers: Please call . . .
(NBC clips the mic and cuts to a perspiring Chris Tucker; beady eyes like "i know that negro didn't just call out the president." He stumbles on a few lines and the show continues)
Fast forward to last night....Bill O'rielly calls Kanye West a"dopey little rapper"... a caller to the station calls him 'Kanny Wu or whatever he calls himself'.
The tv talking heads give us great sound bites to run, but when it comes from least expected folks, they are absolutely flabbergasting. For this reason, I'm liking Kanye a lot more now.