Mike Myers Says He’s Proud To Have Been Standing Next To Kanye During Katrina Telethon
It had to be hands down one of the most honest live unfiltered moments in TV history when Kanye West made the bold statement regarding former president George W Bush and his late responses to help those greatly effected by Hurricane Katrina.
Now almost 10 years later actor/comedian Mike Myers shares how he was proud to have been standing next to Kanye West when he made the comment “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”.
Myers recalled agreeing to do the telethon in the June issue of GQ Magazine.
“I went there specifically because I wanted to help the Red Cross,” Myers said. “I was supposed to be by myself, and I was like ‘fine,’ then they said ‘Do you mind doing it with somebody else?’ And I always remembered that Live Aid thing of ‘leave your egos at the door,’ so I said, ‘Sure, of course.’ And they said, ‘Would you do it with Kanye West?’ and I said, ‘Uh sure.'”
“I actually wasn’t familiar with his work,” Myers, 50, said. “And then he said he was going to take some liberties with the thing … But I didn’t know that the liberty would be calling out the president.”
“I’m, like, super proud to have been next to him,” Myers told GQ. “The look on my face is … to be honest with you, I thought I handled it well.”
“For me it isn’t about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans,” Myers said. “I don’t mind answering the question but the emphasis of it being that I’m the guy next to the guy who spoke a truth.”
You can read Myers full interview over on GQ.