Kanye West just told the TMZ newsroom why he believes slavery is a choice and why he decided to sport his Make America Great Again hat. We are not exaggerating when we say he has set the internet aflame with widespread outrage.
Kanye appeared on the show with Candace Owens where they explained “free thought” and how it can make the world a better place, from a place of love.
During the conversation Kanye said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”
Van Lathan from the TMZ newsroom took great offense and fired back saying Kanye has “absence of thought”. Things got intense and ultimately led to a face-to-face at Van’s desk.
There’s a lot more that went on. Kanye then attempted to defend himself after causing uproar with the controversial comments.
The rapper was being interviewed by TMZ after previously making headlines for supporting US president Donald Trump. “I love Trump. That’s my boy. Trump’s one of rap’s favourite people”, he said.
He added: “We’re mentally imprisoned.”
Van fired back, “You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real life consequence behind everything that you just said,” he told West, who stood still and listened to him.
“We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” Mr Lathan continued, adding: “I’m appalled, and brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn’t real.”
Since the uproar about West’s slavery comments, he has posted a series of tweets attempting to clarify them and said he was being “attacked for presenting new ideas”.
“We need to have open discussions and ideas on unsettled pain… to make myself clear. Of course, I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will.
“My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved,” he added.
He then compared himself to Willie Lynch, a slave owned who was said to have delivered a speech about controlling black slaves by turning them against one another (historians have doubted whether the speech was ever made).
“Kanye vs the media is modern day Willie Linch [sic] theory,” he wrote.
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