Kanye West Said Slavery 'Sounds Like a Choice' in an Interview With TMZ & Oh Hell No

After a long week of some very, um interesting tweets in which Kanye West offered his controversial opinions on Trump, conservatives and what he describes as "free thought," the rapper and husband to Kim Kardashian West has officially touched a nerve after he said in an interview with TMZ that slavery, "sounds like a choice" —and, yikes.

In his appearance on TMZ Live Tuesday morning, Kanye touched on everything from his 2016 hospitalization, to Trump, to Yeezy — but it's what he said about slavery that has a lot of people not very happy with him (to put it lightly).

"When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice," he told TMZ. "We're mentally in prison. I like the word prison cause slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. Like Holocaust is Jews, slavery is blacks. So prison is something that unites us as one race, whites and blacks being one race. The human race."

Obviously this didn't exactly sit well with many TMZ staffers who were present for the interview — particularly Van Lathan, who took the opportunity to call Kanye out for his comments.

"I actually don't think you're thinking anything," Lathan told Kanye. "I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. And the reason why I feel that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world real life consequence behind everything that you just said."

He continued, "While you are making music and being an artist and living a life that you've earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats in our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was our choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother, I’m unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something that, to me, is not real."

Meanwhile, the Internet is equally as outraged as Lanthan:

To make matters worse, Kanye took to Twitter Tuesday night to throw salt in the wound by defending his comments, and it's all just not a great look.

Just...no. To echo Van Lanthan's thoughts, with a platform and fan base as large as Kanye's, there are no excuses for ignorant comments like these.