Trending 2nd May 2018 by Cara Croke
Kanye West Has Said Slavery Is A Choice, And A TMZ Staffer Put Him Back In His Box
"I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that's not real."
The internet has gone absolutely mental over Kanye West this last week for a multitude of reasons. He made his Twitter comeback, served us some profound thoughts, told the world he’s actually mad about Trump and gave out yards about Obama.
Now, he’s only gone and made matters worse by saying he thinks slavery was ‘a choice’.
Kanye West stirs up the TMZ newsroom over TRUMP, SLAVERY and FREE THOUGHT. There's A LOT more that went down … and the fireworks are exploding on @TMZLive today. Check your local listings for show times. pic.twitter.com/jwVsJCMPiq
— TMZ (@TMZ) May 1, 2018
At the TMZ offices in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Kanye told interviewers: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
His remarks were met by a bit of an awkward, confused silence (to be expected). While Kanye continued to shout in the office about ‘free thinking’, one TMZ employee decided to challenge his opinions.
“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” TMZ employee Van Lathan shouted back.
I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything you just said.
And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalisation that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,.
Every day we have to walk into that truth while you choose to say things that, to be honest with you, dog, are nonsensical.
You want to think freely, that’s fine, I’ll combat your free thought with my free thought because mine is grounded in a reality that I have been living and a reality that I am going to change, but I’m not gonna do it by pretending that the enemies are on the same team as me.
And frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.
The best part of the entire thing was probably Kanye’s face while being scolded.
In true Kanye style, he continued to rant, saying:
Black people have a tendency to focus and march when a white person kills a black person or wears a hat. But when it is 700 kids being killed in Chicago, it’s ok. It’s ok for blacks to kill blacks!
Lathan hit back again, with Kanye coming closer to further the debate.
That’s a lie! You gotta be responsible. Your voice is too big. There are people dedicating their lives to working throughout the problems of black people. There are black people every day, boots on the ground, they are all over the place working towards this. The narrative that black people don’t care about black lives until a white person takes them is false. That is not true.
Personally, we’re chuffed somebody put him back in his box.
Have your say