Nigerian Senator Challenges Kanye West's Slavery Was A 'Choice' Remark By Inviting Him To Visit Country's Slave Ports
The invite includes a complimentary ticket and tour guide.
A Nigerian senator invited Kanye West to visit slave ports in Africa for an education on the slave trade. This could potentially be the Kanye-read of the year.
West is facing some serious backlash after making reckless comments during a Tuesday interview with TMZ live.
"When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... For 400 years? That sounds like a choice," he said.
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In response to the remarks, outspoken Nigerian lawmaker Shehu Sani extended an invitation to West on Friday via Twitter, saying the "Ultralight Beam" musician's statements on the transatlantic slave trade was pretty much a low blow to its victims.
"If Kanye West thinks slavery was a choice, we will offer him a free ticket and tour guide to visit slave routes and camps in Badagry, Lagos, Ouida, Benin Republic, Ghana and Goree Island in Senegal to 'experience the choices in chains. Kanye defecated on the graves of victims," Shehu tweeted.
If @kanyewest thinks Slavery was a choice,we will offer him a free ticket & tour guide to visit slave routes and camps in Badagry Lagos,Ouida Benin Republic,Ghana & Goree Island in Senegal to ‘experience the choices in chains’.Kanye defecated on the graves of victims@nytimes @AP— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) May 4, 2018
Celebrities such as Meek Mill, who was released from prison in April, did not hold back on their reactions to his remarks. He posted a picture of West with the words "R.I.P. 'Old' Kanye" across the top and "We Miss You" along the bottom.
Political commentator Marc Lamont Hill and Black Lives Matter activist Deray also expressed outrage at the "Jesus Walks" artist's thoughtless commentary.
According to CNN, Kanye attempted to soften his statements Tuesday, and believes he's being attacked "for presenting new ideas."
"[T]o make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved," West said in a tweet.
Hopefully Kanye accepts this free trip to the Motherland and comes back with better "ideas."