Kanye West says slavery was a ‘choice’ for African-Americans
Kanye West went to the TMZ offices on Tuesday to film “TMZ Live” and controversial comments about slavery. West said 400 years of slavery sounds like a choice,’ a statement that caused offence to at least one TMZ staffer.
Kanye West on Wednesday said he was “sorry” for recent claim that slavery sounded “like a choice.”
The rapper’s apology came during an appearance on the Chicago-based radio station 107.5 WGCI, in which he added that he was grateful for the opportunity to explain how he “was thinking and what” he “went by.”
“I don’t know if I apologized for how my comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say that I am sorry for the pain, I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat in the slave response,” West said. “And I’m sorry for the people who felt left in the lurch by that time, and also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk with you about the way I thought and what I felt and what led me to.”
KANYE WEST SAYS 400 YEARS OF SLAVERY WAS A CHOICE FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS
Kanye West on Wednesday said he was “sorry” about a controversial comment he made about slavery a few months ago during an interview on TMZ, where he said that slavery “sounds like a choice.”
The controversial comments came during an interview on “TMZ Live” as the star was questioned about his support for President Trump, and his reaction veered to the concept of freedom.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Just as if you were there for 400 years and it is all of you? If we are spiritual in the prison. Such as, slavery also goes directly to the idea of the ‘blacks’, ‘ West said at the time. “So, prison is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites a race. We are the human race.”
The comments drew criticism, including from a TMZ staffer who was in the neighborhood in the office at the time.
Kanye West was asked during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, earlier this month why he thought that President Trump cared about black people.
During the Wednesday radio interview, West also took a moment to respond to a question during his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ earlier this month about the reason why he thought the president cared about black people.
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West said he thinks Trump “concerns” about the “black people feel about him” and want to “black people love him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs.”
“He will do the things that are needed to make that happen because he has an ego like the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community,” West said.
At the time of the question on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” West apparently took a long pause before the host asked for a commercial break. When the show returned, the rapper had no answer to the question. He Later tweeted that he had not “a riddle”, but rather: “he got no chance to answer the question.”
On Jimmy Kimmel, we had a great time having a dialogue. I read that I was stumped by a question. Let me clarify the click bait. I was not for a mystery. I got no chance to answer the question.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) August 11, 2018
Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy, Katherine Lamb, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.