Janelle Monae is the latest star to slam Kanye West’s “slavery was a choice” comment at TMZ’s studio.
The singer, 32, spoke with Los Angeles’ Power 106 radio station and shared her thoughts on West’s words, “I come from love. I try not to listen to things to just respond or clap back but really listen to understand,” she began. “I think we just have to be patient with each other. I don’t agree [with Kanye’s comments], and I’ve been very vocal about that.”
Adding, “I’m a free thinker and here’s a free thought: I think that if free thinking is rooted in the oppression of minorities, LBGTQ, immigrants and women, then I don’t fuck with your free thoughts. I just think there has to be some balance. I mean, slave masters also thought freely, and where did we get with that?”
Monae wasn’t the only celebrity to react to West’s controversial remarks, Ava DuVernay calls out the rapper on Twitter, writing, “I’ve had it with Kanye West and R Kelly using the imagery of lynching as rebuttals, re: their dastardly behavior. Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance. This is what lynching looked like. How dare they?”
More stars took to Twitter to react.
Monae stopped by the radio show to promote her new album “Dirty Computer”, available now.