The hashtag “IfSlaveryWasAChoice” trended on social media and many celebrities, including fellow musicians, slammed Mr West for the comments.
Kanye West’s appearance on TMZ rocked the hip-hop sphere Tuesday afternoon (May 1), causing a multitude of stars to weigh in on his controversial thoughts on slavery.
Charlamagne Tha God said Kanye needs someone in his life who will shut down his commentary, especially after he went on a rant during an interview with TMZ where he blamed black people for 400 years of slavery. “Harriet Tubman freed about 300 Slaves while on the other hand, Kanye West says slavery is a choice”. He did, however, regain those fans a few hours later.
“On Tuesday, Owens posted on Twitter, “‘Now that I’ve been free, I know what a terrible condition slavery is.
After the “Ultralight Beam” rapper made some controversial remarks on Twitter as well as in interviews, sources close to Kardashian claim that she is anxious about West but is doing her best to protect him.
West, whose mother was a professor and a journalist, got immediate criticism for his comments by historians. “It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned”, the 40-year-old said.
Journalist Phili Mwaniki tweeted in support of Lathan: “Years from now”, people will ask, “Where were you when this dude shut Kanye up?” I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks.
Former Black Eyed Peas member Will.i.am, appeared on “Good Morning Britain” and commented on Kanye West’s recent scandal, saying, “that broke my heart”.
So when he said “slavery was a choice”, not only was he acutely aware of the fury and conversation it would ignite but also that it would motivate black folks will STILL line up to buy ANYTHING he promotes… just to be further glamoured with more of his non-sensical “Free Thought” rhetoric.
Kardashian West defended her husband in a series of tweets of her own, arguing that reports labeling him “as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive” are “not fair”. “My point is for us to have stayed in that position despite the numbers being on our side means that we were mentally enslaved”.
West who has been tweeting supportive comments favoring the USA president, said, that his comment comes from a place of love and he was expressing “free thought”.
West interrupted to say, “I appreciate the free thought, but that’s my friend”. “I understand they were going through some things, but if it’s family, you’re not going to miss a wedding”. “He said West responded with, ‘What’s the travel ban?”.
USA hip-hop artist Talib Kweli said Mr West’s comments put “targets on our backs”.