TMZ's Harvey Levin Defends Kanye West's Comments on Slavery

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But West surpassed even his own ability to stir up the masses when on Tuesday he suggested that the enslavement of African Americans in the U.S. was a "choice".

"It is like we were mentally in prison". The TMZ employee lamented the repercussions of making such a reactionary comment.

Feminist writer Roxane Gay tweeted, "I don't have the energy for nonsense but Kanye saying slavery was a choice reiterates my previous statements about how risky his trite, shallow ramblings are". "And I'm thinking free?"

After the heated exchanged between Van Lathan and West went viral, many history experts started rebutting West's claims. "He's outspoken. He said Trump's his boy so expect him to kind of have some Trump-ish ways but I don't think he means any harm". "That, after all, is what it means to be American - is to have the ability to say what you think".

The 43-year-old has condemned Kanye's remarks about slavery being a "choice" - revealing his grandmother's grandma was a slave.

Lathan retorted: "You're entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world, real life effect behind everything that you just said".

Lathan told "Nightline" that he felt compelled to speak up after West addressed the newsroom directly and was disappointed by West's comments about slavery. Seven. I went from taking two pills to taking seven. "I said something in the moment but when I look at you as a dad and a family member, I'm sorry for hurting you".

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"I know that man is in him still".

In since deleted tweets, he clarified what he said during the interview.

Kanye tried to save face on Twitter saying, "To make myself clear". He added: "They cut our tongues so we couldn't communicate to each other". And they gave me opioids, right?

He's been all about "free speech" and "free thought" this past week, and we respect his right to say what he wants.

The entertainer concluded the interview by declaring once again that love conquers all and he is standing up for free thought but mostly, free love.

Kanye West performs during the closing ceremony for the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Ceremonies Venue in Toronto, Canada, July 26, 2015.

The rapper said he had recently ended a phone call with J. Cole, and had told his fellow rapper that the Crips were his brothers, and that, if anything, they just wanted to knock some sense into him. "But clearly that's not a problem", Charlamagne Tha God said of Kanye's recent behavior.




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