Kanye West: 'Slavery was a choice'

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Kanye West has taken his ideologies to the masses in a candid interview with TMZ.

The 40-year-old was not shy in talking about his opinions, which included his support of President Trump, how having liposuction caused an opioid addiction and his belief that slavery was “a choice”.

Kanye West has told the TMZ newsroom that slavery was “a choice”, shocking fans around the world. Source: TMZ

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years… For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice,” he said to hosts Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere.

“You were here for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all?! It’s, like, we’re mentally in prison.”

When questioned about his support for Trump, the father-of-three was quick to defend himself.

Kanye candidly spoke about about his support for Trump, slavery and the fact that he was addicted to opioids, which led to his breakdown in 2006. Source: TMZ

“What happened last week with the Make America Great Again hat?” Harvey asked. “What are you trying to do with the message you’re sending?”

“It was really just my subconscious,” Kanye explained. “It’s a feeling I had … I felt a freedom in, first of all, just doing something that everybody tells you not to do.”

Kanye with his family, including wife Kim Kardashian West, baby Chicago, Saint and North. Kim openly defended her husband in a series of tweets. Source: Instagram/kimkrdashian

When Kanye stepped out last week with the cap on, the public were quick to say that Kanye was exhibiting ‘erratic behaviour’.

In his defence, wife Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter .

In an interview on We Go To Love, Kanye spoke about his “mental breakdown” in 2016.

“I just wanted to say like there was elements about going to the hospital and having a breakdown or a breakthrough that was fire,” he said. “It was incredible, the feeling.”

Kanye has always been outspoken and continues to raise eyebrows with his music and opinions. Source: Getty

“Something inspired in the wrong context will come off as, I don’t wanna say crazy because I also wanna change the stigma of crazy and I wanna change the stigma of mental health, period.”

“Best believe I’m gonna take the stigma off the word crazy. People will take something that’s enlightened, put it in a different context, and then call it crazy to try to diminish the impact and the value of what I’m actually saying.”

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