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Kanye pleas for celebrity rights
Kanye West. Picture: Supplied

Kanye West has served up some gloriously bizarre remarks in an interview for GQ magazine's August cover.

One of the more alarming revelations was his comparison of the troubles facing modern celebrities to the injustices suffered by African-Americans during the fight for civil rights in the US in the 1960s.

West said when he married reality-TV star Kim Kardashian in Florence in May he turned his wedding toast into an impassioned plea for the rights of the famous.

The rapper spoke for 45 minutes, during which he made the celebrity/ civil rights comparison.

"What I talked about in it (the wedding speech) was the idea of celebrity, and celebrities being treated like blacks were in the 60s, having no rights, and the fact that people can slander your name," he told GQ.

West said there was also a class system among celebrities, whereby those like the Kardashian family weren't as well respected as film and high-fashion figures.

"I said that in the toast. And I had to say this in a position where I, from the art world, am marrying Kim.

"Like they said in Step Brothers: 'Never lose your dinosaur.' . . . Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur."

The West Australian

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