"It's been a crazy past couple of weeks," Kanye West told the crowd at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theatre near the end of an MTV-sponsored concert Saturday.
It was a reference to the controversy that has followed the bestselling rapper's "George Bush doesn't care about black people" comment during a Sept. 2 telethon to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
And Saturday he had more to say, scoffing at suggestions that he should fear retaliation.
"I can think of a lot of worse things that could happen to me, like how 'bout not eating for five days?" he said on stage, evoking the experiences of many stranded in New Orleans after the hurricane. "Or how 'bout not knowing where your [expletive] family is?"
West then mocked Bush and other officials who he claimed went to the ravaged Gulf Coast region to "kiss some black people."