On Tuesday, May 1 Kanye West was in a live TMZ interview, the interview started off as West being questioned about a recent twitter post with him wearing a Make America Great Again hat. This post sparked a huge controversy on social media, many people were furious Kanye supported Trump. It even cost Kanye nine million followers in a matter of minutes. Kayne then proceded to say that Trump is “my boy” and has his full support, and has been a huge part of the rap game for the past few years.
It seemed to be pretty normal for a Kanye interview until he said, “Slavery was a choice.” “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” West then added, “You (as in the slaves) were there for 400 years and it was all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
It was clearly visible that TMZ employees were distraught from Kanye’s outlansidh actions on the show. The employees were asked by West “Do you think I’m thinking freely?” Office employee, Van Lathan fired back at the question: “I don’t think you are thinking at all right now. While you are making music, and being an artist and living the life you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives.” Lathan said, “We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people (African Americans) was a choice.” Lathan said he was “disappointed, appalled, and unbelievably hurt” by Kanye’s words and thoughts.
Kanye has since taken to Twitter to try to clear up his jumbled thoughts. Stating that, “To make myself clear. I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will.” Many people, even some celebrities also took to Twitter to blast West for his statements. @russbengston tweeted, “Slavery wasn’t a choice, but listening to Kanye is.” This is not the first time He has made an outlandish statement that has caused a huge uproar with citizens.