A Detroit, Michigan, radio station is pulling Kanye West’s songs off the air after his controversial comments about slavery earlier this week.
Fox 2 News reports that morning hosts BiGG and Shay Shay of 105.1 The Bounce, a “throwback Hip Hop and R&B station,” went live on Facebook to announce they would no longer play West’s music.
“Why can’t we make a statement? In the small fish that we are, to say, I don’t want to hear Kanye right now. I don’t want to play his music; I don’t want to hear him on our show,” Shay Shay said.
“As of this moment, we will #MuteKanye on the Morning Bounce and we will not play any of Kanye West’s music, music that he’s featured on, music that he raps on, none of his throwbacks. We are banning Kanye West’s music from this radio station,” BiGG added.
West came under fire earlier this week after he said black slavery in America was a “choice” in an interview with TMZ.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said, adding “you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
After backlash for these comments, West took to Twitter Tuesday to clarify his comments in tweets that have since been deleted.
“[T]o make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved,” he tweeted.
“[T]he reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought. It was just an idea. [O]nce again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas.”
West also tweeted (and since deleted) a quote attributed to Harriet Tubman, the famed “conductor” of the Underground Railroad who helped over 300 slaves to freedom.
“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves,” the quote states. There is no primary source evidence that Tubman actually said that.
Shay Shay said West’s comments were “reckless” and “irresponsible.”
“I think it’s reckless and irresponsible to use your platform in this type of way,” she said. “I get that I’m a small fish in the ocean, but on my platform I feel like it’s important to make a statement.”
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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