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Kanye West is disgusting: Bush

entertainment Updated: Nov 04, 2010 17:32 IST
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He was called a "jackass" by US President Barack Obama and now rapper Kanye West has been labelled "disgusting" by his predecessor George W Bush.

West had famously said that, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the former President is still angry about the allegation.

During an appearance on The Today Show, Bush said that he was horrified to learn that the popular artiste had criticized him during a 2005 telethon to raise funds for the victims of the disaster, which devastated New Orleans, Louisiana in August the same year.

"He called me a racist. I didn't appreciate it then. I don't appreciate it now. It's one thing to say, 'I don't appreciate the way he's handled his business'. It's another thing to say, 'This man's a racist'. I resent it, it's not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency," Bush told host Matt Lauer.

The Stronger hitmaker had received a backlash for interrupting country singer Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

Obama became a part of the controversy when he called West, a "jack-ass" during an off-the-record conversation with CNBC's John Harwood.

Studio workers who overheard the comment, then transmitted it across the world through the micro-blogging website Twitter.