Kanye receives instant backlash for 'slavery is a choice' remarks

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Even Donald Trump seemed to abandon West, 40, as the president fell silent on the issue.

Wednesday morning, the co-hosts played a clip of the rapper's controversial remarks during his appearance on TMZ followed by his enthusiastic endorsement for the current president.

Charlamagne said he approached Kanye about the comments he made about slavery.

"You hear about slavery for 400 years".

TMZ got Black Lives Matter activist, DeRay Mckesson, on the line to sound off on the seemingly unfactual comments by Ye. Like, you were there for 400 years and it's all of you all?

He enraged many fellow artists - but was embraced by conservative commentators - as he praised Trump, who has since cited the rapper's words as evidence of minority support.

"Do you feel that I'm being free and thinking free", West said to Lathan.

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"I don't have the energy for nonsense but Kanye saying slavery was a choice reiterates my previous statements about how risky his trite, shallow ramblings are", Gay said.

The civil rights group NAACP said in a Twitter response addressed to West, "There is a lot of misinformation out there and we are happy to provide insight".

Today Van appeared on The Real and rejected the rapper's opinion. I like the word "prison" because slavery is too direct to the idea of blacks.

Musician William James Adams Jnr, known as Will.i.am, said it was "one of the most ignorant statements that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors".

West famously met with newly-elected leader of the free world at Trump Tower in 2016 to discuss 'multicultural issues, bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago'. #IfSlaveryWasAChoice was the No. 1 trend on Twitter last night, and Kanye's comments were dissected throughout the evening by cable news networks, political pundits, and shell-shocked fans alike.

Well, some ingenious Twitter users have been turning Kanye's dumb tweets into the basis of fantastic tweets, using the hashtag #IfSlaveryWereAChoice. "It's like we're mentally imprisoned".

Later on in the interview, Will.i.am questioned Kanye's true intentions.

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