Kanye West on Slavery: '400 Years? That Sounds Like a Choice' + TMZ's Van Lathan Gets Kanye RIGHT Together [Video]

Kanye West visited TMZ Live today and angered a LOT of people — including one TMZ employee who was ready and willing to let Kanye have it.

During his short interview, Kanye implied that slavery was a “choice” and referred  Donald Trump his “boy.”

via Complex:

When Kanye was questioned on the message he intends to send by wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and presumably supporting Trump, he responded, “I just love Trump. That’s my boy.” He later said, “So many rappers [used to] love Trump, but then he get into office, and now they don’t love him. Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”

At one point, he began to talk about his opinion on slavery. He said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he laughed. “Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all you all? It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned. I like the word ‘imprisoned’ because slavery goes too directly to the idea of blacks … so prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. That we’re the human race.” 

TMZ’s Van Lathan gave Kanye a piece of his mind and called out the rapper for his dangerous rhetoric.

He addressed Kanye directly:

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything. I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought and the reason why I feel like that is because Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want but there is fact and real-world, real life consequence behind everything that you just said. 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. 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’m unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me is not real.”

Kanye responded by approaching Van and saying “I’m sorry I hurt you.”

Watch it all unfold below.

Just watch until the end. [via @tmz_tv/@complex]

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