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Mike Myers proud to have been part of Kanye West's Hurricane Katrina outburst

6/17/2014

Actor Mike Myers is "super proud" to have been standing next to Kanye West when the rapper infamously accused former U.S. President George W. Bush of racism in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, because he's convinced the musician was speaking the truth. The Austin Powers comedian had been selected to present a segment for a live TV fundraiser with West back in 2005, when the outspoken hip-hop star went off-script and took aim at the then commander-in-chief for his handling of the disaster relief effort in New Orleans, Louisiana, declaring, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Cameras captured the look of shock on Myers' face as he heard what West had to say, but nine years later, the actor claims he was glad someone had the courage to call out authorities for their lack of action when so many lives were at stake. He tells GQ magazine, "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. "To have the emphasis on the look on my face, versus the fact that somebody spoke truth to power at a time when somebody needed to speak? I'm, like, super proud to have been next to him." West was forced to issue a public apology to Bush after his outburst, which the former leader subsequently branded one of the lowest points of his presidency in his 2010 memoir, Decision Points. Hurricane Katrina claimed the lives of at least 1,833 people in late August, 2005 when it swept across the Bahamas, Cuba and areas of Florida before flattening parts of New Orleans.

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