While Kanye West is no stranger to controversy, especially amid his newfound and vocal support for Donald Trump, the rapper seems to have landed himself in water a little hotter than even he is used to.
Yesterday, Kanye West’s misguided ideas about slavery landed him in a PR crisis. During an interview with TMZ, the rapper suggested that because slavery lasted for 400 years, it must have been “a choice.” He was duly routed by a TMZ journalist, Van Lathan, whose response instantly went viral.
“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked.
“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything. I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought,” Lathan responded, adding that there are “real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that 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,” Lathan said. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice. 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,” Lathan said.
The Daily Show took Kanye’s revisionist history at face value with a hilarious parody of “12 Years A Slave,” making it instead, “12 Years A Voluntary Slave.”
Slavery: Kanye Edition pic.twitter.com/PvLosPY3az
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) May 3, 2018
Before Kanye spews baseless “facts” about slavery, he should be sure not to humiliate himself in the process. Of course, when he does, Trevor Noah’s team is certain to pick up on it.