If you haven’t already heard of Kanye West’s latest rant, here’s the scoop. He said slavery was a choice and was called out by TMZ’s Van Lathan for the outrageous statement.
We ALL know slavery was not a choice. It was one of America’s most embarrassing past times that should have never happened — but it did.
TMZ interviewed the rapper and he stirred the pot once again. Classic Kanye.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?” he said. “That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”
I miss the old Kanye
— ALISON WONDERLAND (@awonderland) May 2, 2018
Van Lathan had something to say about that and stood up to Kanye when he asked if the newsroom thought he was “free thinking.”
“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” Lathan told West. “And 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 am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”
Kanye later tried to explain his statement on Twitter but the damage was done and the memes were made.
Here are 20 of the best memes, tweets, and responses to Kanye’s comment about slavery:
1. Van Lathan Day is now a holiday, people. I repeat, Van Lathan day is a holiday.
May 1st, 2018 has been declared Van Lathan Day
— JonHope. (@JonHopePVD) May 1, 2018
2. Wakanda could use a man like Van Lathan right about now.
Van Lathan deserves the key to Wakanda pic.twitter.com/PJq4Jtq8Oe
— Doughboy (@StarboySqeez3r) May 1, 2018
3. Coo coo for cocoa puffs.
Kanye done gone coo coo for cocoa puffs
— Shadanti (@_Bshadanti) May 2, 2018
4. Just making sure.
— Ashleyyyy (@Ashleyk78) May 2, 2018
5. 12 Years A Choice.
6. Unpaid? Nope, I'm out.
— Plantain Princess (@jaybougiee) May 2, 2018
7. Bye Bye Kanye fans.
the few fans Kanye had left after he said slavery was a choice pic.twitter.com/goIyeN9s80
— IG: kxngtune (@_TuneLuciano) May 2, 2018
8. Just text "STOP."
9. Goodnight Mr. West.
GOODMORNING TO EVERYONE EXCEPT KANYE WEST& HIS SOGGY CHEETO BUDDY TRUMP.
— (@andreian777) April 28, 2018
10. He's a mess.
Kanye West is trying his Kanye Best but tbh he’s just a Kanye Mess(t)
— Caroline Crasnick (@ccrasnick) May 2, 2018
11. Kanye has officially reached 2007 Britney level.
12. Lost in the World. Get it? (That's one of his songs).
Kanye lost himself in the West.
— nicholas. (@NickyChulo) May 1, 2018
13. This is actually terrifying.
Kanye West: "Do you feel that I'm being free, and I'm thinking free?"
Van Lathan: "I actually don't think you're thinking anything. I think what you're doing right now is actually the absence of thought."
Kanye : (Slow Nosebleed) pic.twitter.com/aZylXMdvRy
— John W. (@John_Shaft_1971) May 1, 2018
14. Future Kanye West.
We’re one album away from Kanye completely denying the nutritional value of vegetables.
— Langston Kerman (@LangstonKerman) May 2, 2018
15. They're probably rolling in their graves.
16. See ya!
Kanye West: slavery was a choi-
The black community: pic.twitter.com/xXXEwGjYTo
— Mightykeef (@MightyKeef) May 2, 2018
17. Yea, I'm not going to be able to make it today.
— Anastasia (@alwaystime4cake) May 2, 2018
18. That was an option?!
19. What does Kim even think about Kanye's crazy ideas?
— Daniella(@6ixroses) May 2, 2018
20. The OG Kanye hater.
I knew Kanye West was a moron before it was cool.
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) May 2, 2018