*Kanye West was met with boos at the Big Chill music fest in England Saturday night after comparing the hate he receives to that of Adolf Hitler.
“I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m [expletive] insane, like I’m Hitler,” he said on stage, according to the Associated Press as the audience booed. “One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand everything I ever did.”
West also defended his “Monster,” music video, which features girls hanging from their necks and cannibalism.
“Who saw the video before it got banned, before they took it down and before women’s groups starting saying that a person that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?” asked West, referring to the 2007 death of his mother Donda West.
West apologized for starting 30 minutes late, saying, “Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It’s so much [expletive] going on in music right now and somebody has to make a [expletive] difference,” he said.
West closed his show by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse. He spoke about meeting her during Paris fashion week, and played a few moments from her songs “Tears Dry on Their Own” and “Back to Black.” He called her “beautiful” and “amazing.”
Then he added, “Thank you for protecting your artists that are still here. This is for [Alexander] McQueen, for Amy, for Michael and for all the media, can you lighten up on all your artists that are still here?”
The crowd, which had booed him earlier, cheered and applauded. [Listen to his entire speech below.]