Kanye West says 400 years of slavery was a choice and people are not happy

Soon after Kanye West's irresponsible spiel, TMZ staffer Van Lathan expressed his evident disappointment, shared by many in and out of the black community.

Kahron Spearman

Right when you thought it wouldn't (or couldn't) get any worse, Kanye West asks you, once again, to hold his beer.

In an incredibly strange interview with TMZ, the rapper fixed his mouth to say: "When you hear about slavery for 400 years for 400 years? That sounds like a choiceIts like were mentally in prison."

TMZ noted that West has been off his medications and self-regulating, which may have led to his recent outbursts. However, this one is especially egregious. 

Youre entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real life consequence behind everything that you just said. Frankly, Im disappointed, Im appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, thats not real.

Van Lathan
Staffer, TMZ

TMZ staffer Van Lathan stood up and expressed his evident disappointment, shared by many in and out of the black community, immediately following West's irresponsible and uneducated spiel. 


West's comments arrive amid controversy stemming from his provocative tweets about the current and former president, clothing brands, and his definitions of free thought.

Numerous celebrities commented on West's comments in the aftermath, including rapper/mogul, filmmakers Ava Duvernay and Spike Lee, even rapper T.I. who just made a song with West.

Roxane Gay, an acclaimed novelist and essayist, wrote on Twitter: "I dont have the energy for nonsense but Kanye saying slavery was a choice reiterates my previous statements about how dangerous his trite, shallow ramblings are. He is not a free thinker. He is a free moron who doesnt read."


Actor Wendell Pierce, known for his roles on Treme and The Wire, had pointed words, according The Guardian: "To use the murder and holocaust of slavery for your own self-aggrandizement is at the core of your vile appeasement of white supremacists."