AceShowbiz - Kanye West seemingly isn't bothered by being followed by paparazzi, as long as he gets his share of the money made from his images. The purported billionaire said that one of ways for celebrities to take more control of their likeness is by receiving a percentage of the money made from paparazzi photos and interviews.
"Right now y'all get to shoot us without having to pay. I'mma change that," he told some photographers on Saturday, January 22 as he was leaving the airport in Miami. "I'm not saying it in a negative way."
The "Donda" artist went on to explain, "It's just like, right now, it's just really one-sided. You guys can follow us, you guys can stand [outside] a hotel at any given time-you don't give us any percentage of what you're making off of us, off of our kids, and I'm gonna change that."
The Yeezy founder added, "We all gotta make money together. It can't be a one-sided thing. Look, if I'm just with my kids, I say I don't want you to shoot me, then that's just something y'all gotta respect. We can get that money together, but we gotta have a conversation."
During the discussion, Ye showed displeasure over the current laws which allow paparazzi to take photos of celebrities without permission as long as the photos are captured in a public setting. "I'm gonna make sure we get our rights," he said. "We're real people, also."
The estranged husband of Kim Kardashian later talked about his altercation with Justin Poplawski, a 40-year-old autograph-seeker who was allegedly punched by Kanye in Los Angeles this month. Ye, who was named the main suspect in the battery investigation, refused to consider Justin a fan, adding that he's someone who was simply trying to make money off his name.
"I respect your job. My dad was a photographer at a newspaper. I love paparazzi," he said. "But as Americans, we gotta respect each other. We gotta bring the pride back to this country."
Ye reportedly got into a physical altercation with the male fan on early Thursday morning, January 13 outside the Soho Warehouse. The "Gold Digger" spitter allegedly pushed and then punched the man, knocking him to the ground.