The set of “Fox & Friends” went full Kanye on Wednesday morning, defending the rapper over his remarks that slavery in America had been a “choice.”
“He came out and says slavery was a choice and then he went ahead and clarified on Twitter because it caused outrage — obviously — with that statement,” said co-host Brian Kilmeade before explaining what the rapper really meant.
“He said to think about 400 years ago and be in that mindset today is a choice. Get out of that mindset and think about now,” said Kilmeade.
“Lives in Hollywood. Getting a lot of backlash from the Hollywood folks out there. Many people out there. Liberal. They don’t like him. So for him to speak up, good for him. He’s tripling down,” said fellow co-host Ainsley Earhardt.
“He also — Kanye did — said that Donald Trump is one of rap people’s favorite guys,” added Steve Doocy.
On TMZ Tuesday, Kanye West managed to spark new levels of outrage from his fans after suggesting that African slavery in America was a choice.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice,” West said to stunned staffer on set. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”
The moment received outrage in predictable quarters. On CNN last night, anchor Don Lemon said the rapper was embarrassing himself and needed to read more.
“He’s embarrassing himself because he doesn’t know history,” said Lemon “He needs to read.”