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Backlash erupts over 'ignorant' Kanye West slavery comment

Backlash erupts over 'ignorant' Kanye West slavery comment

Kanye West's recent visit to the TMZ headquarters, in which he said 400 years of slavery sounded like "a choice," has certainly stirred a lot of controversy and disappointment.

"Kanye put a restraining order on me, I appreciate it." said Dillinger, before sharing a video clip of Kanye's recent interview with TMZ where the rapper declares his love for Daz, the Crips and the Bloods. It was there that Kanye regurgitated Owens' argument that black people are victims of their own mental self-imprisonment and need to get over their slavery past. "My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved".

But that wasn't before the rest of Twitter had something to say about West's words.

Meanwhile, unofficial White House advisor Darrell Scott is reportedly working on a summit with President Trump, Kanye West and other culture leaders about race.

Journalist Phili Mwaniki tweeted in support of Lathan: "Years from now", people will ask, "Where were you when this dude shut Kanye up?" "That's how I tell him he has to be with his thoughts". "Trump is one of rap's favorite people".

He concluded, "Kanye may think he's just being a free thinker but the truth is, there's nothing good coming out of this".

Van speaks for the world, saying: "I actually don't think you're thinking anything".

In response to the public outcry, U.S. artist and social activist Will.i.am appeared on Good Morning Britain on Wednesday and labelled Mr West's comments about slavery as "ignorant". After validating West's right to offer up an opinion, Lathan noted that there are "real-world, real-life effect behind everything that you just said". Frankly, I'm disappointed, I'm appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, that to me, is not real. "One thing that bothers me particularly about where we are as a society is sort of the reverence that we have for celebrities outside of the scope of what they do", Lathan said.

Filmmaker Matthew Cherry thanked Lathan for stepping in.