Kanye West loves Parisian paparazziNoted paparazzi foe Kanye West made headlines this afternoon for not assaulting a pack of photographers who followed him in Paris today. E! attributes the amazing lack of lawsuit-enticing scuffle-progress!-not to the rapper but to the overseas lensmen who demonstrated a level of respectful restraint apparently foreign to their feral stateside counterparts. (In defense of the latter, there aren't many Americans, TMZ-employed or not, who are well versed in the virtue of restraint.)
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Exiting his car on Monday, West reportedly warned photographers, "Don't ask questions . . . just take the video." Per E!'s account of this surprisingly level-headed-and dare we say "tender"-exchange:
"Don't do like the L.A. [paparazzi]," he started, before noticing that the French photographers were all following his no-questions request. "I like how you guys, like, move out here. You've got like total respect for yourselves, have respect for the people that you're photographing."
He also liked that the French photographers "take time off," saying, "Like, at 8 o'clock, you're not around peoples' houses, so, I just really appreciate and respect that."
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Then, Yeezy showed off some impeccable manners. "I understand that you have to make a living," he said, reaching out to shake a paparazzo's hand. "So I appreciate [the respectfulness]."
Amazingly, the budding Kanye West-Parisan paparazzi bromance did not end there. E! writes that when a French woman, who didn't recognize West, asked the photographers who they were following, they asked West whether or not they could respond. After nodding "yes," he introduced himself, shaking her hand and telling her, "I'm Kanye. How you doing?"
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