Kanye West Stirs Up TMZ Newsroom Over Trump, Slavery and Free Thought (Video)

Kanye West Stirs Up TMZ Newsroom Over Trump, Slavery and Free Thought (Video)

Kanye West told the TMZ newsroom why he believes slavery is a choice and why he decided to sport his Make America Great Again hat … and it all went down Tuesday morning on “TMZ Live.”

Kanye appeared on the show with Candace Owens where they explained “free thought” and how it can make the world a better place … from a place of love.

During the conversation Kanye said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”

Van from our newsroom took great offense and fired back. Things got intense and ultimately led to a face-to-face at Van’s desk.

There’s A LOT more that went down — and it’s all on today on “TMZ Live

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Lathan said he was “disappointed,” “appalled,” and “unbelievably hurt” that West had “morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”

West also drew immediate criticism online with writers and political commentators calling his comments trite and dangerous.

Last week, West shared images of himself wearing one of President Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” hats. The photos drew attention from fans and critics alike, including praise from the president, who said he loved the support.

West explained Tuesday that he felt a freedom in sharing the photos.

“It was really just my subconscious. It was a feeling I had, you know. Like, people — we’re taught how to think. We’re taught how to feel. We don’t know how to think for ourselves. We don’t know how to feel for ourselves,” he continued. “People say ‘feel free,’ but they don’t really want us to feel free. I felt a freedom, first of all, in doing something that everybody tells you not to do.”


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