Kanye West calls slavery a choice. Faces wrath of fans, celebrities on social media
Kanye West is in fresh trouble after claiming that 400 years of slavery means it was a choice made by black people.Updated: May 02, 2018 13:29 IST
Before the last one had a chance to simmer down, Kanye West caused another stir, calling American slavery a “choice” in an interview Tuesday.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years, that sounds like choice,” West said on TMZ Live after questions on his pro-President Donald Trump posts and pictures that caused a dust-up last week. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?”
“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the TMZ employees in the room.
“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ’s Van Lathan quickly cracked back at West, as many would in the ensuing hours.
Lathan said while West gets to live the elite artist’s life, “the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was our choice.”
Symone D. Sanders, political commentator and CNN contributor, led the anti-West chorus on Twitter.
“Kanye is a dangerous caricature of a ‘free-thinking’ black person in America,” Sanders tweeted. “Frankly, I am disgusted and I’m over it. Also (I can’t believe I have to say this): Slavery was far from a choice.”
Others put it more briefly.
Please never utter another word @kanyewest I love your music & you are ruining it.— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) May 2, 2018
“Slavery wasn’t a choice,” Russ Bengtson tweeted, “but listening to Kanye is.”
West also told TMZ that he became addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he had liposuction surgery in 2016. He was hospitalized for a week and had to cut short his “Pablo” tour. West said the painkillers drove him to a “breakdown,” which became a “breakthrough” when he found himself again.
I’ve had it with @KanyeWest + @RKelly using the imagery of lynching as rebuttals re: their dastardly behavior. Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance. This is what lynching looked like. How dare they? pic.twitter.com/wfobcdjiKL— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 2, 2018
Kanye is dead wrong. Offensively so. Slavery is not a choice. But what is a choice, is listening to his music, buying his branded products and following him on Twitter.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 2, 2018
Jeesh. And I thought nobody could be dumber than Ben Carson saying slaves were immigrants. 🤦🏻♀️
One of the dangers of a black man with @kanyewest’s platform saying that slavery was a choice is that it implies that is also true of any form of racial violence that is less than slavery. Which, of course, is everything. He isn’t insane. That’s white conservatism, in a nutshell.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 2, 2018
West also doubled down on his love of the president, which Trump has been returning in tweets.
“I just love Trump,” West said, adding that most in hip-hop agreed with him before Trump became president. “Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”
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