Kim Kardashian tried (and failed) to explain why Kanye West said slavery is a ‘choice’
Kim Kardashian is ready to address what is perhaps Kanye West’s most controversial statement of all time – but she’s got a slightly revisionist take on her husband’s widely panned comments.
Back in May, West dropped by “TMZ Live” and said, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like you was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all? It’s like, we’re mentally imprisoned.”
He was quickly slammed for the comment, but Kardashian insists “he never said that” and he was misquoted. TMZ fired back with a story that compared Kardashian’s explanation to its video of West at the gossip site’s headquarters.
“I always know what Kanye’s intentions are and what he’s trying but I also know that they’re going to write a headline and people are going to assume that that’s exactly what you said and what you meant,” she told “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” cameras in a clip set to air Sunday.
“Kanye’s slavery comment, he never said that. That was just the headline. If you listen to what he said, he said ‘slavery was 400 years. If it’s going to be another 400 years, that sounds like a choice to me.’ He didn’t say ‘slavery is a choice.’ He was saying if you’re going to still be enslaved for another 400 years, then that’s some (expletive).”
In two subsequent interviews with CNN’s Van Jones, Kardashian West has said that her husband has a habit of expressing himself clearly in private, only to say something completely contradictory in public.
“I’m around him all the time, so I know what he talks about at home.” The problem, she explained, comes up in public. “I’m like, ‘Wait, you just said basically the opposite of what you just showed out there.’ “
TMZ took offense to Kardashian’s statements and stated on its website: “Kim can have whatever interpretation she wants of Kanye’s words. We get that. But, to say we edited him or misquoted him … is a lie.”
In August, West said he was sorry for his comments.
“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel,” West said during an interview with Chicago’s WGCI 107.5 Wednesday. “I want to take this moment right now to say that I’m sorry for hurting, I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment.”
He cited recent mental health struggles when addressing his past comments. (Later, during his much-publicized White House meeting with President Trump, he claimed he had been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was actually sleep-deprived.)
“I had people with me at TMZ that could have stopped it. They could have said, ‘Yo this is going too far,’” West told WGCI.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
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