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Kanye West: I’m Just Like Vanellope von Schweetz From “Wreck-It Ralph” [UPDATED]

The much discussed Kanye West interview with Zane Lowe of the BBC has a little something for everyone—even fans of Wreck-It Ralph. During a rant about the fashion industry, West emphatically compared himself to Vanellope von Schweetz, the misunderstood female lead from last year’s Disney feature:

“It’s in my code. Have y’all ever seen Wreck-It Ralph? Remember how that girl in there—the people that was racing—she was the glitch. You tellin’ me they don’t look at me like the motherfucking glitch? You tellin’ me people don’t look at Kanye West like the glitch right now? And she was on the side of the videogame the whole time. It’s in my code.”

When the interviewer mentioned West’s critics, Kanye extended the metaphor by talking about Vanellope’s foes, who tried to keep prevent her from participating in the race by breaking her kart. “Yeah, they broke Vanellope’s car,” West responded. “Vanellope von Schweetz, they broke her car.”

Kanye’s appreciation and knowledge of animation is no secret. He commissioned indie animation director Bill Plympton to direct one of his videos, and has referenced Ralph Bakshi as the inspiration for another of his videos.

Here’s the segment queued up:

[UPDATE]: After we posted this on Twitter, a reader suggested that someone should draw Kanye as Vanellope von Schweetz. The challenge was taken up by Art Vogt: