On Monday, Kanye West stopped by the TMZ studios for a chat and ended up on the topic of slavery.
Imagine another human being ordering you about, telling you what to do.. Kanye West woke.
"You was there for 400years and its all of y'all" 😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/QIjmih6tBj — Rögen🦁 (@rogensworld) May 2, 2018
"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."
The rapper's comments have understandably sparked a firestorm of criticism online. Except on Fox News, that is, where Laura Ingraham digged deep to defend West, explaining exactly what it was that he meant:
Laura Ingraham and her guest defend Kanye's "slavery was a choice" comment with Kevin Jackson saying there's more blacks enslaved today than ever before pic.twitter.com/1GNMA9Glw8
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) May 2, 2018
"I think I know what he was saying, I think he was saying people get imprisoned in the past and they use that to define themselves."
Her guest, Kevin Jackson, concurred, continuing where Ingraham left off:
"What I care about is that today we have young blacks who are taught that slavery is such a bad thing, it's -- for things that they haven't been through...the issue is we've got to get out of this mentality that everything in America is anti-black, relating back to something that's 150 years old. It's ridiculous."
Many fired back on Twitter:
Waiting for the Laura Ingraham "shut up and dribble" comment.
— Soros Bot 3000 (@SorosBot3000) May 2, 2018
Kanye is delighting and empowering all sorts of racists (Trump, Alex Jones, Laura Ingraham) who are dangerous to all POC. That's not black liberation & it is my lane.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) May 2, 2018
Nah people are just acknowledging that you're unstable and should not be presenting ideas to the impressionable. Remember when you said George W was racist? Well I've got news about your friend #Trump. In the word of Laura Ingraham, a member of your new Klan, shut up and rap.
— JJ Woods (@j2tiger) May 2, 2018
At least Kanye recognizes it. Laura Ingraham's catering to the US Slavery deniers who are most likely Holocaust deniers also. Holocaust denial is illegal in Germany where MSM's not allowed to spread such propaganda. Laura Ingraham is a troll for preying on the mentally ill.
— MNMN (@ceceyy) May 2, 2018
The burning question is why should we even watch you? You know that Orange 45' lawyers leaked the questions and Kanye is mentally unfit.
— Big V (@friend11_v) May 2, 2018
Really? Did anyone tell LeBron James this?
And honestly, I don't care about Kanye voicing his political views, but if he says stupid things, it's fair to call them stupid. — Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) May 1, 2018
You are not Harriet Tubman, & you've freed nobody. You are not wanted as a leader. Sorry to give you this news. Go away now & worry about brand names & decorating
— Brn2RunGirl🎸 🌊🌊 (@TeaRocckanova) May 2, 2018
Joel Payne on @realDonaldTrump and @kanyewest: "You've got one rich, famous millionaire supporting another rich, famous millionaire. Neither of them understand the problems that regular Americans face." @IngrahamAngle https://t.co/FdfzY9EPHQ pic.twitter.com/wVBzfTxuQJ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 27, 2018
I wonder if Laura Ingraham will tell Kanye West to 'shut up and rap' ?
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 25, 2018
So there is this new thing called research, it's fascinating. Try and fact check this so called reporter who is really just a racist talk show host at best. You might find that not only is Laura misinformed she is voicing her opinions based on her hatred for any non white
— @therealTroy (@hotchkissing101) April 25, 2018
no one is melting down, trust me. you can have him, but you have to take all of the kardashians too.
— CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (@BelichickThis) April 25, 2018
Interesting that you're not asking Kanye to shut up and stick to music. You're cool with folks stepping out of their lane now?
— awkward applause (@InvisibleKraken) April 25, 2018
I think you are confusing tweets with the meltdown your coworker @seanhannity is having regarding any crooked real estate deals he may have done. Im sure Kanye is having a laugh while getting free publicity right before his new album drops you guys are desperate for praise!
— Matriarch Hexadecimal Tempest (@NallaVeda) April 25, 2018
What happened to shut up and sing? OH, it's OK if you agree with them.
— I'll ride with you📎 (@mrshellwinger) April 26, 2018