Kanye Wasn’t Feeling Jay Pharoah’s VMA Impersonation: ‘They Want To Make A Joke Out Of How Hard We Work’

September 3, 2014  |  

When Jay Pharoah hit the VMA stage with his Kanye West impersonation and the camera panned to Kim Kardashian looking on uncomfortably, it was probably safe to assume that Kanye wouldn’t find the skit funny either.

According to PennLive.com, Kanye revealed during his performance at the Made in America music festival that he gave the “Saturday Night Live” comedian a call after hearing about his VMA impersonation.

“It’s all funny and everything, but don’t distract what we’re doing up here. What we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke […] I know everybody’s doing their job,” he told his audience before revealing that he gave Jay Pharoah a call after the MTV Video Music Awards. “But before we go to the next song, what I want people to realize is what we do we put our love, our heart, our pain, our story, our lives into it.”

“I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, ‘I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position.'”

He went on to express his disapproval of Black comedians spoofing hardworking people.

“We ain’t gonna have no black comedians going up (on) stage spoofing the people that’s working hard to open doors not only for black people, but (for) any creators, anybody that wants to add a contribution to the world.”

It’s unclear what note that call ended on, but Lord knows I would love to have been a fly on the wall for that one. Kanye also addressed a “South Park” spoof that poked fun at him.

“They want to make a joke out of how hard we work. It’s fine and all funny and everything, but don’t distract from our vision. It’s not a joke what we do up here. This music that we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke.”

Jay has yet to comment on Kanye’s reaction to his impersonation.

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