It didn't take long for Twitter to jump on board, highlighting the sheer absurdity of Kanye's words in hilarious ways (let's be real-Black Twitter can find a way to bring humor to nearly any situation-I'm sure we'll tweet through the apocalypse). It's like slavery, Holocaust. "Black people have fought against slavery since we first landed on this continent".
"There were laws that were put in place that said we were less than human". Blacks and whites being one race.
'Kanye West has a right to free speech, and he has the right to spout lies and misinformation and misplaced opinions - but we as consumers have the right to fight back against this type of risky propaganda, ' it states. When Kanye asked the office at large if they thought he was "thinking free" Van Lathan stood up and eloquently articulated to Kanye's face, with as much respect as possible, just how hurtful and ill-informed his comments have been.
After making excentric claims like "slavery was a choice", West was confronted by TMZ's Lathan who rebuked Ye with a passionate critique based around West's oxymoronic transition from his College Dropout days to the Trump loving theatrics he now displays. "The reason why I dropped those tweets and everything is 'cause I was drugged the fuck out, bro". "They gave me opioids and I started taking two of them".
West's comment sparked the hashtag #IfSlaveryWasAChoice on Twitter.
He also spoke about how the robbery of his wife Kim Kardashian in Paris in 2016, during which she was held at gunpoint at a private residence, affected him. "I hope that people don't take this and believe that this is actual fact", he said.
Everything Lathan said needs to be heard, truly heard.
"So I understand the need to have free thought", he concluded, "but if your thoughts aren't researched, that is just going to hurt those that are still in conditions where it's not choice".