I think ppl always recognized him as an ass, but, due to his popularity and status, ppl gave him a pass. However, since losing his mystique, ppl aren't so afraid of him anymore and are much more likely to not tolerate his shit. This puts him in a precarious spot, when he gets ppl telling him what they really think of him. THAT, fucks with his ego. He thinks he's still THAT guy, but, he's not anymore.