Adidas Won't Cut Ties with Kanye Despite His Controversial Slavery Comments

08 Mai, 2018, 03:21 | Auteur: Sue Barrett
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Kanye West at Milk Studios on June 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

Adidas is standing by Kanye West. "For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice", he said. The Tyrese challenge went viral and I was upset the people in my community were laughing at someone in severe mental distress.

West's "Gold Digger" collaborator Jamie Foxx weighed in on Ye's recent appearance on "TMZ live" and actually blamed the gossip site for giving him a platform to speak his mind, knowing that he would receive a lot of backlash from it.

West made the controversial comment about slavery during an interview with TMZ. "I haven't had any conversation with Kanye in the last 24 hours", he continued. Turn your back on Kanye West now, he seems to say, and you're a member of the "thought police", working against the principles of free thought and free love he claims to represent.

"We neither comment or speculate on every single comment that our external creators are making", he said.

"Adidas sold 400 million pairs of shoes previous year".

Kanye later clarified his comments in a lengthy series of tweets, saying in part, "the reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years". His slavery comments especially are words that devalue and degrade West's own history as a black man, as well as denying the history and struggle of a centuries-old civil rights struggle that is still ongoing. "Prison is something that unites as one race, blacks and whites, that we're the human race". Then in the most recent clip, he blasted Kanye for supporting Donald Trump and using the term "free thought" to justify it. "We've just got to make him aware of the things that could potentially hurt [people]", he added. Slavery is to blacks as the Holocaust is to Jews.

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. And it's on the house.