A Detroit radio station's hosts are boycotting rapper Kanye West's music after the vocally pro-Trump artist made controversial remarks about slavery.
What has West been saying?
West has not been shy about voicing his support, love, and admiration for President Donald Trump. In a recent interview with TMZ following his most recent pro-Trump remarks, he said that "400 years of slavery" for blacks sounded a lot like a "choice."
During the TMZ interview, which sparked heavy backlash, West said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years?! — that sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all y’all? You know, it’s like we’re mentally in prison. I like the word prison ’cause slavery goes too — too direct to the idea of blacks.”
“So prison,” West explained, “is something that unites us as one race, blacks and whites being one race. We’re the human race.”
What is the radio station saying in response?
In response to West's controversial remarks, Detroit radio station WMGC-FM announced that the disc jockeys would no longer be playing West's music, only adding fuel to a new and growing social media hashtag: #MuteKanye.
Radio DJs BiGG and Shay Shay made the Thursday announcement to blacklist West's music on Facebook.
The post stated:
We feel like Kanye has gone too far with his latest statement declaring that "slavery was a choice." We are over it. We don’t want to hear Kanye’s music, we don’t want to play Kanye on our show, we don’t want to talk about Kanye anymore. So we are taking a stand and we aren’t playing his music anymore; we just are refusing to give him a platform.
The disc jockeys received criticism in the comments section of the post, and on Friday, shared an update that seemed to walk back the previous day's decision to boycott all things West.
Friday's post read, "Should The Bounce play or not play Kanye? You, the listeners, decide."
The posting takes the Facebook user to WMGC's web page, where they are encouraged to vote on whether the station should censor West and his music.
The station has not announced when it will be tallying the votes.
It looks like WMGC isn't the only station looking to boycott West's music and silence his message.
On Wednesday, Ebro Darden, DJ at WQHT-FM in New York City, told CNN's Don Lemon that the rapper simply doesn't know history, and suggested that West's comments were worse than ignorant.
On Thursday, Darden tweeted that "the Kanye boycott has begun."
“The boycott of Kanye West has begun” #EbroInTheMorning
— HOT 97 (@HOT97) May 3, 2018