Kanye West Apologizes For TMZ Comments

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Kanye West’s cancellation has been an ongoing issue. One that went from “well, let’s hear him out” when he was posting photos of himself wearing a MAGA hat to “oh shoot, no, this guy is pretty cancelled” when he went on TMZ and said that slavery is a choice. Kanye’s descent into this weird bad new side of himself peaked when he went on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and, after talking at length about how we are theoretically in an illusion, was asked by Kimmel very concretely if Donald Trump cared about black people. Kanye sat in silence.

Now 19 days later Kanye’s silence was broken after he both answered Kimmel’s question at long last on 107.5 WGCI Chicago and apologized for his comments on slavery. Both were showing a Kanye West who was deeply upset by his own behavior, but not too upset as he continues to try to explain himself and his behavior.


Said Donald Trump on wether or not Donald Trump cares about black people, Kanye said, as transcribed on Pitchfork:

“I feel that [Trump] cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this. He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community. So it’s something he’s gonna work towards, but we’re gonna have to speak to him.”

This comment is pretty gross, putting the onus on black people for having to reach out to someone who, as the NFL protests clearly show (where players kneel to honor the flag and protest police brutality, and not as Trump wants people to think, to disrespect the national anthem), doesn’t really respect black people. Also, as for rappers referencing Donald Trump, Kanye would do well to remember his own lyric from “So Appalled”:


I’m so appalled, Spalding ball
Balding Donald Trump taking dollars from y’all
Baby, you’re fired, your girlfriend hired
But if you don’t mind, I’ma keep you on call

Balding Donald Trump is not mentioned in enough rap songs, I agree.

As for the slavery comments, Kanye was very apologetic, seemingly upset about losing the affection of his black audience:

I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel. I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment. And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through.

In the rest of the interview however, Kanye West doubles down on his support for Trump, but again: not covering the ideas or separated children at all, and focusing more on how people attack him when he discusses Trump calling it some “1984 mind control”. It is a reference to both him and other black people who voted for Trump not being allowed to talk about it. No word yet on wether or not that’s worse than being separated from your parents as a toddler, but we’ll stick around.

The entire interview can be watched above. What do you think though? Are Kanye’s statements sufficient? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.


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