Rap superstar Kanye West has hit out at the media for turning a light-hearted joke he made about Britney Spears on Twitter.com into a war of words, insisting his comments were made in "good fun".
The Stronger hitmaker took to the internet on Friday (14Jan11) after learning his collaboration with Jay-Z, H.A.M., had been beaten to the number one spot on the iTunes download chart by Spears' new single, Hold It Against Me.
In a post on his Twitter page, in which West also lampooned his notorious Taylor Swift stage invasion at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, he wrote, "Yo Britney, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z's single is one of the best songs of all time (sic)! LOL (laugh out loud)."
He later added, "On a serious note I'm truly happy for... @BritneySpears...... No hate in 2011!"
But West was horrified to find himself at the centre of fresh controversy after his friendly tweet was mistaken by some critics as jealousy and arrogance, suggesting he was trying to engage Spears in a Twitter.com war.
In a series of updates on the site, West insists he meant no harm by his comments and takes aim at the press for twisting his words.
He writes, "I thought LOL signified a joke... I didn't get the 2011 LOL doesn't signify a joke anymore memo...
"Just saw that (news website) MSNBC said I tried to start a twitter war with Brittany (sic). This s**t takes the air out my lungs sometimes from blogs to news reports... enough already!!! All I do is focus on my work... There's a new lie everyday... a new media spin...
"When I said the comment about Brittney (sic) I was giving her props for being #1 not dissing her at all! ...But stop making it seem that my aim is to hurt or down people! That's just not my style!"