Kanye West has opinions about many things, and reading is one of them. West was a guest on the Alo Mind Full podcast, where he offered his view on literature.

“When you said, ‘I hadn’t read this book,’ I actually haven’t read any book,” Ye volunteered. “Reading is like eating Brussels sprouts for me. And talking is like getting the Giorgio Baldi corn ravioli.”  

West explained that “speaking and communicating clearly is more important than reading.” He backed up his theory with examples of inventors who have shared similar thoughts on reading being frivolous.

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When the music and fashion mogul’s interesting declarations about reading hit social media, many views were shared in reaction. But one of the world’s most acclaimed literacy advocates also chimed in to offer his take on Ye’s statement.

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In a tweet quoted by HuffPost, LeVar Burton shared his thoughts.

“Hmmm… I’m going have to take Mr. West at his word,” he wrote. “I hope however, that he shares a different message with the children enrolled in the school he’s founded named after his mother, who was an professor of English. I’m fairly certain she read a book or two. #bydhttmwfi.”

The 65-year-old screen vet is possibly the most notable face in literature, as he hosted Reading Rainbow during the entirety of its 26-year run on PBS.