Kanye Just Crashed the TMZ Newsroom to Say Slavery Was a Choice

Cristina Cross
May 2, 2018

Rapper Kanye West, on the receiving end in the music world after backing President Donald Trump, sparked fresh outrage Tuesday when he called slavery "a choice". "When I wear that hat, it's a fight for equality".

West, who is reportedly working on a new album, sent social media into a tizzy last week when he posted a photo of himself sporting Trump's infamous "Make America Great Again" hat and dubbed the president his "dragon energy brother". Y'know, there'll be mistakes, there'll be flaws the way I communicate today, because we're human beings, we're flawed. "If I had not done what I felt, and I just thought, then it would have never happened". And while Yeezy's soft spot for Trump has caused a divide in current pop culture, one Philly-born musician took the news particularly hard.

Kanye's speech didn't go over well with TMZ staffer Van Lathan, who called out the rapper during the office visit for his "absence of thought".

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"When you hear about slavery for 400 years - for 400 years? Half the s**t Trump does, I don't agree with". We are following other people's opinions.

He later asked the newsroom: "Do you feel that I'm being free and I'm thinking free?"

"I went to Paris on that trip to protect her but not protect her physically but to just help her with her [outfits]", he explained. But there is fact and real-world, real-life effect behind everything that you just said. "But there is fact and real-life, real world effect behind everything you just said".

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West then walked over to Lathan's desk, saying, "I'm sorry I hurt you", while Lathan reiterated, "Bro, you've got to be responsible".

T.I. argues, "Your intentions, from what you tell me, are pure, but, the direction that you took to get there is a bit unorthodox and kind of, I will say, some people would say, thoughtless".

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