The internet may never have guessed that Kanye West’s highly celebrated social media return would soon develop into a cloudburst of controversies that would leave even his most devout fans shaking their heads. Yet, here we are.
After raising hell with pro-Donald Trump Twitter rhetoric and releasing a brow-raising, tell-all interview with Charlamagne Tha God, Yeezy landed on the small screen for a visit with TMZ Live. After explaining that his “subconscious” led him to express his love for the White House occupant backed by his new “free-thinking” advocacy, the Chicago emcee pivoted the conversation into misinterpretations of the Black community. He connected his free-thought agenda to the mental wellbeing of African slaves, presumably, in an attempt to explain “mental imprisonment.” And while free speech and free thought is all the talk these days, ‘Ye’s commentary couldn’t have been more oppressive.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years—400 years? That sound like a choice,” he said with a chuckle. “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
He went on explaining that he specifically chooses “prison” because slavery goes “too close to the idea of Blacks.”
We’ll let you stomach the rest of his sentiments if you so choose. But the internet already has, and their jaws are on the ground after Yeezy’s TMZ Live shenanigans.
Currently watching TMZ Live pic.twitter.com/oyHAKF7NuT— Dureti (@Dureti_) May 1, 2018
Kanye West is fucking wilding on tmz live right now .... bruh said 400 years of slavery was a choice 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ I love him but be bout to be cancelled— khaleesi ✨ (@Jaydekta) May 1, 2018
Kanye On TMZ Live. pic.twitter.com/69nj3ie3LW— YOUR TEETH IN MY NECK (@xxmilxn) May 1, 2018
Kanye West is currently is setting back the Civil Rights Movement 40 years on TMZ Live right now pic.twitter.com/qnwJLIq8Va— Joseph Lamour (@lamour) May 1, 2018
Sitting here watching TMZ Live with my grandma and we're looking at Kanye like pic.twitter.com/0tZctqPvER— Shaneé ♍️ (@naeluv88) May 1, 2018
Kanye dead ass said slavery was a choice on TMZ Live and that black dude read his ass and he walked out. And stupid shit like that is why I'm done with dude.— Where Is Yo Scoota? Where Is It?! (@AshleyShyMiller) May 1, 2018
"TMZ Live" I'm all for free thought....we have too many followers, but Kanye isn't even making sense on here. So, we just CHOSE slavery for 400 years, huh? You're not familiar with Nat Turner or countless other slave revolts, huh? OK. pic.twitter.com/T3oGMJ8at4— Anne from HR (@AnneJohnson81) May 1, 2018
Everytime kanye open his mouth on TMZ Live pic.twitter.com/ep3ElmHeas— taco (@tacosoda) May 1, 2018
Wow Kanye’s interview in tmz live sealed the deal for me pic.twitter.com/GrFRa1SZin— MNR (@_maritzuh) May 1, 2018
Yall really think there weren't multiple slave uprisings that were unsuccessful? Yall really think there weren't multiple psychological/ physical tortures to keep slaves in line? Ripping families apart, rape? Are yall serious on my timeline? Thx Kanye for going on TMZ live 🙄 pic.twitter.com/XFrmHZkMj9— Christina (@stylebytina923) May 1, 2018
Okay...I honestly support @kanyewest free choice message. However, what is happening right now on @TMZ live...not good. Publicist? Agent? Manager? Pull him. Interview should have stopped at 15 min mark. pic.twitter.com/j4EDXFtYDk— Michelle Merriwether (@merriwetherm) May 1, 2018
Kanye right now TMZ Live pic.twitter.com/fsWfLLP9AD— Decepticon. (@ThexLionsxDen) May 1, 2018
Me watching kanye on TMZ live... pic.twitter.com/szoEeK8BEx— Starla Tobias (@MizzusTobias) May 1, 2018
Kanye has been on Live TV @ two different time periods first saying "George Bush doesn't care about black people" making Mike Myers uncomfortable af...but now on TMZ live saying 400 years of slavery was a choice??? it's only Tuesday, and I'm like pic.twitter.com/spxZLC4ZNH— POOPITY SCOOP (@Cellustharula90) May 1, 2018
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