Top Ten Thursdays: The Top Ten Reasons People Hate Kanye West (Besides the 2009 VMAs)

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With President Obama calling him a "jackass" it's official: the entire country considers Kanye West a tool -- or worse. Grabbing the mike from sweet, little Taylor Swift -- really? Had West stole the spotlight from, say, Toby Keith or Trace Adkins, now that would taken balls. And the apology on Leno: Sorry, not buying it. The tears for mama might have been sincere, but the mea culpa smacked of disaster control.

Of course, this isn't the first incident that has made large portions of the population despise West. Long before his recent MTV Video Music Awards show stunt, he had established himself as one of the pop world's most annoying figures. Here they are, the top ten reasons (in no particular order) people hate Kanye West -- besides this year's VMAs.

1. "Voice of this generation"

"I realize that my place and position in history is that I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade, I will be the loudest voice," Kanye West declared in a 2008 interview with the Associated Press. "It's me settling into that position of just really accepting that it's one thing to say you want to do it and it's another thing to really end up being like Michael Jordan." He disses Justin Timberlake in same interview.

2. "Jesus Walks" 

The most laughable hip-hop song of recent memory. Favorite line: "The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that's the way I need Jesus."

3. "The Passion of Kanye West"

This time Kanye dresses up like Jesus. Tortured artist depicted on 2006 cover of Rolling Stone as the ultimate martyr, wearing crown of thorns, because, y'know, he sure had it rough growing up with a mom who was a professor, who sent her son to Chicago's American Academy of Art, from which he dropped out of to become a super rich rapper/producer.

4. "Gold Digger"

Is there anything more annoying than hearing Jamie Fox moan his Ray Charles impression over and over and over? Really, how did this song become such a smash? And, does Kanye really think he's the first rap star to be wanted for more than just his shining personality?



5. "This video costs a million dollars."

Kanye West jumps on stage at MTV Europe Music Awards after not winning best video for "Touch the Sky." Seriously, the guys in Justice -- who did win -- should have punched Kanye in the face, repeatedly. Click here to watch the utter fail video of that incident.

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