No stage. No magazines. No problem. Kanye West simply found a new platform to spout his latest diatribe -- a legal deposition.

West compared celebrities fighting persistent paparazzi to the 1960s civil rights movement in a recent interview with a photographer's lawyer, according to a transcript obtained by TMZ.

Sit back and enjoy. This is vintage Kanye.

"I mean in the '60s, people used to hold up 'Die (N-word)' signs when my parents were in the sit-ins also," West said. "I equate it to discrimination. I equate it to inequalities."

But does he really equate flashing camera lights and pushy photographers to fire hoses and night sticks?

West continued, "We, as group of minorities here in L.A., as celebrities have to ban together to influence guys like this -- guys trying to take the picture, guys trying to get the big win, guys trying to get the check."

Misdemeanor battery -- also known in West's world as "influence."

And his best line yet: "I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever (expletive) dealt with. I'm not Britney Spears. I'm in the business of trying to make dope (expletive) for the world. You're in the business of representing scums and trying to make as much money as long as there's this lapse in the law."


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By the way, that smartest celebrity ever struck a plea deal in March from the misdemeanor battery case that involved him and a photographer scuffling outside Los Angeles International Airport. West received a 24-month informal probation, must attend 24 private anger management therapy sessions and must complete 250 hours of community service.

The deposition was in connection to a civil suit over the same incident.

Ann Tatko-Peterson provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Follow her at twitter.com/atatkopeterson.