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One West partner that doesn't seem too bothered?

Following the rapper's controversial comments regarding slavery, the company's CEO Kasper Rorsted told Bloomberg that they hadn't even discussed dropping him as a designer or brand ambassador. 'Cause we got a Crip alert for Kanye. Kanye has been and is a very important part of our strategy, and has been a fantastic creator. "I ain't going to be like everybody jumping on the bandwagon saying I hate my dude". According to Kanye West, yes, in a way. "When you hear about slavery for 400 years - 400 years?"

To the interviewers at TMZ, West said that "right now we're choosing to be enslaved", which provoked an angry response from a black member of staff at the company, Van Lathan. "You were there for 400 years and it was all of y'all?" His comments supporting Trump came after a series of similar tweets last week, during which West posted a picture of a red "Make America Great Again" hat signed by Trump. He then backpedaled tweeting that he was only talking about mental slavery and that his free thinking should not be criticized.

"The statement was an example of free thought".

His comments has since received major backlash on social media with some Twitter users suggesting the rapper should revisit the history books.

American rapper Kanye West is under fire after saying “slavery was a choice”
American rapper Kanye West is under fire after saying “slavery was a choice”

He later explained that Kanye's just being Kanye and as soon as people accept that, they'll be "more comfortable you'll be when you slide back into your Yeezy's". "White people were like, 'Hey, should we keep doing things ourselves or make other people do it for us?"

It is this support from other people that not only gives West his confidence as a musician, but also perhaps something more. Kanye ended his convoluted discussion of slavery, which included a risky comparison to the Holocaust, by asking the assembled TMZ staffers, "Do you feel that I'm being free and I'm thinking free?"

As one of the many responses to the remarks, which sparked the Twitter hashtag #ifslaverywasachoice, comedian Wanda Sykes broadcasted her opinion with a light but pointed Instagram video.

The fact of the matter is my ancestors were taken against their will, stripped of their culture, forced to take on a new identity, treated like animals, their children were taken away from their parents and lives were lost.

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