Wait, why was Mike Myers being interviewed? Is there another Austin Powers or Shrek sequel coming out? What else has this guy done in the past 20 years?
Myers told GQ magazine he now feels “super proud” that he was next to West as he made that bold assertion.
The interviewer noted how some people associate Myers strongly with that moment, and asked him to reflect on it. Myers said he knew in advance West would be taking “some liberties” with what he would say, and he admitted his reaction to what West said detracted from the substance of the comment:
For me it isn’t about the look of embarrassment on my face, it is truly about the injustice that was happening in New Orleans. I don’t mind answering the question but the emphasis of it being that I’m the guy next to the guy who spoke a truth. I assume that George Bush does care about black people—I mean I don’t know him, I’m going to make that assumption—but I can definitively say that it appeared to me watching television that had that been white people, the government would have been there faster.
He added, “There’s a world of fail culture, and it’s hardly a fail on my part to be next to the guy that spoke truth to power.”
It seems that for whatever reason Mr. Myers was more concerned about getting on the good side of Kanye West than speaking the truth about G.W. Bush and his thoughts on African Americans.
And for that he should be deeply ashamed.