“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years?! That sound[s] like a choice,” he said in May.
When being interviewed on Wednesday, West expressed his apology and implied that his “Make America Great Again“ (MAGA) had worsened things even more.
“I want to take this moment right now to say that I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment,” he said.
Say what?! Kanye West apologizes for the FIRST TIME about his “slavery” comment. Check out part two of the interview tomorrow on the show! pic.twitter.com/IXpZ9t0Can
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While West wasn’t wearing a MAGA hat when he made the slavery comment, the comment followed controversy surrounding a picture of himself in a MAGA hat.
West revealed that he sat with a media trainer after his wife, Kim Kardashian West, appeared to browbeat him into showing offense towards the slavery comments:
West partially defended his comments, however, saying that he meant to say that slavery sounded like a “choice” to him.
“Not being a historian […] To me, when I hear about anything of an entire group of powerful people being captive, being held captive for 400 years, it sounds like a choice to the spirit of Kanye West which I think is aligned with the spirit of Harriet Tubman which I think is in line with the spirit of nocturnal.”
West went on to suggest that he was enslaved because he had to conduct the interview in English.
“Even the fact that we’re having to have this conversation in English is a form of slavery because it’s not even our tongue, it’s not even our language,” West said, apparently referring to African languages.