Kanye West used his Web site to strike back at media reports that characterized his reaction to technical glitches at a Houston gig as him having yet another tantrum.
As previously reported, the rapper was performing Friday at the city's Woodlands Pavilion when side monitors failed to work. He reportedly cursed out the tech folks and left the stage after his repeated requests to shut off the screens were ignored. He returned eventually to finish the show.
West says he lost his cool only out of concern for audience members, who were not getting the full "Glow in the Dark" tour experience due to the broken monitors.
He writes on his Internet page: "We were having a lot of technical issues due 2 the heat. The 2 huge screens on both sides of the stage were glaring bright blue like when your DVD player acts up at home. I asked for them 2 turn the screens off 3 times because it was distracting 2 the show. The fans were not getting what they paid for. I admit, in my frustration, I did use profanity on the 4th time I asked. I stopped the show 2 go over and check it out myself.
"Unfortunately for certain media outlets, you will never be able 2 'Michael Jackson' me. That means 2 make it seem like everything I do is so weird or out of place… they always try 2 make it seem like everything is about my ego! That joke is getting old.
"At a certain point you have 2 respect that I'm one of the last artists that still cares about the fans having the best time of there lives!"