Kanye West apologizes for controversial slavery comment, says he is sorry for the people that felt let down”

by Saman Zahid

Kanye West finally expressed to the world that he feels ‘sorry for the people that felt let down’ because of his contentious and controversial comment on slavery.

“I don’t know if I properly apologised for how the slavery comment made people feel.” (Image source: Instagram/Kanye West)

During an interview with TMZ earlier this year, the Gold Digger rapper commented on how centuries of slavery in the US “sounds like a choice”. Expectedly, Kanye got a lot of criticism and backlash for his off-handed comment, which was also historically and socio-politically inaccurate.

He said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”

“Slavery is not something for me to overly intellectualize.” (Image source: Instagram/Kanye West)

The apology, however, besides being delayed, also feels insufficient, and Kanye did not land on the expectations people had from him completely. In his interview with 107.5 WGCI Chicago, Kanye West has finally apologized for his controversial comments on slavery.

He said, “What I want say to everyone listening right now – I have never really approached or addressed the slavery comment fully. And it’s not something for me to overly intellectualize.”

“This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize,” he added.

“That happens sometimes when people are—I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health,” he continued.

“I don’t know if I properly apologised 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,” he added.

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“That happens sometimes when people are—I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health.” (Image source: Instagram/Kanye West)

After his controversial comments on slavery during his interview with TMZ, Kanye was presented an opportunity to clarify his stance on the matter when he appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live. However, he did not do the best job.

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Kanye now feels grateful for being given another platform to ‘properly apologize’ for the hurtful comments. He expressed, “And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through.” 

The rapper’s appearance on Kimmel was not without any contentious statements, too, or lack thereof. While he wasted the opportunity to apologize for his stance on slavery, in his interview with Kimmel, he refocused the attention to himself – his bipolar disorder, his wife Kim K, and on he manages to stay ‘Ye. He was also stumped when Kimmel confronted him on his support for Trump, by drawing a parallel between his liking for Trump, and dislike for George [W.] Bush.

“I mean, you so famously and so powerfully said, ‘George [W.] Bush doesn’t care about black people.’ It makes me wonder what makes you think that Donald Trump does, or any people at all,” Kimmel said

Kanye West, 41, was silent in response to Jimmy K challenging his views of Trump. Kimmel had to go for a quick commercial break as a much needed segue, and the conversation shifted to Kanye’s kids post break.

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“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.”

However, in his interview with 107.5 WGCI Chicago, West decided to share his thoughts on Trump, too, and not remain silent on the matter.

“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 said. “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,” he added.



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