Kanye West Says He's Like Picasso. Here Are 5 Equally Egomaniacal Musicians
|See? Just like Picasso.|
Hearing Kanye compare himself to one of the greatest artists of all time, the man who changed children's entertainment forever, and the guy who turned our world into real-life sci-fi -- all at the same time -- made us think of other crazy musicians who've had similar outbursts in which they compare themselves to totally inappropriate figures. Here are five of our favorites.
Marilyn Monroe was one of the most enigmatic movie stars in history. Enchantingly beautiful and undoubtedly talented, she was a fascinating mix of frightening vulnerability and extraordinary sex appeal. She played the dumb blonde, but, on her own time, successfully engaged with some of the smartest men of her era. Then there's Nicki Minaj, who, if this song is anything to go on, thinks that being simultaneously insecure and bratty while wearing a blonde wig means that she totally understands everything Monroe must have struggled with and gone through. Idiot.
Madonna thinks she's French, like Napoleon. Or something.
One time, Madonna said: "I have a special affinity with France, and I have for many years. It could go all the way to Napoleon because I think of myself as a revolutionary." Revolutionary, like little dudes who start wars all over Europe and then pick an ill-advised fight with Russia? C'mon, Madge. That makes little sense, even for you. Also, Napoleon didn't try and make all of his relevant points by flashing naked body parts to unsuspecting members of the public. Better analogy needed at once.
Justin Bieber compares himself to Kurt Cobain... or does he?
John Lennon and that whole Jesus thing
If there's a lesson to be learned from ol' Commie pants John Lennon saying that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," it's that you can use a hyperbolic statement in interviews for dramatic emphasis, just as long as Southern states don't hear you doing it. While it was a foolish thing to say (asking for trouble much, John?), Lennon's quote during a British interview went entirely unnoticed until the religious right in this fair country of ours got a hold of it and lost their freakin' minds. It's best to just leave Jesus out of things, in our experience.
Chris Brown is being crucified like Jesus, y'all.
Someone should've told Chris Brown what happened to John Lennon after he said something about Jesus. The above picture was not, in fact, put together by a 12-year-old in math class, it was actually thrown up on Instagram by Chris Brown one time, accompanied by the words: "Painting the way I feel today." Don't you get it, guys? When you tell Chris Brown he's a bad person for beating the crap out of a woman, it's just like when Jesus Christ was murdered for trying to bring the world together and shit. Obvs. (Clearly Chris Brown doesn't know that Chris Brown is the worst human being on earth.)