Remember in May when Kanye West got into a whooole lot of trouble for saying a whooole lot of controversial and problematic things? Including that he likes Donald Trump and that 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice”? And then he went on Jimmy Kimmel and was asked about his comments and just gave a blank stare until Jimmy went to commercial? Well, now he’s explaining where all that came from. Sort of.
The rapper appeared on a Chicago radio show Wednesday and addressed a lot of the controversy surrounding him at the moment. He said he wanted to “properly apologize” for the “one-two effect” of wearing a Donald Trump Make America Great Again hat and making the comments he did about slavery.
“I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel,” he said, “I’m sorry for the one-two effect of theinto the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment.”
Say what?! Kanye West apologizes for the FIRST TIME about his “slavery” comment. Check out part two of the interview tomorrow on the show! pic.twitter.com/IXpZ9t0Can
— WGCI (@WGCI) August 29, 2018
He added that he appreciated the opportunity to talk about “the way I was thinking and what I was going through.” It’s worth noting that the apology West offered during the interview was not necessarily for the comments he made about slavery, but for how they made people feel and for anyone who was “let down” by them.
West also explained his belief that Donald trump “cares about black people” despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. He addressed his confrontation with Kimmel where the host asked him how he can say Trump cares about black people when he said the opposite about George W. Bush live on air during a telethon for Hurricane Katrina relief.
“I feel that [Trump] cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this,” he said, “He will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community. So it’s something he’s gonna work towards, but we’re gonna have to speak to him.”
The online response has mostly been one of fatigue. Less outrage, more “we’re done with this.”
This guy is a classic attention seeker and as long as we’re all giving him the oxygen of publicity he will continue to attempt “outrageous” statements and stunts to get attention.
— Wakandaprincess447 (@Wakandaprinces5) August 29, 2018
didn’t really apologize though—there’s a difference between “I’m sorry I let people down” and “I’m sorry you feel let down”
— Cindy Vong (@cindyvpng) August 29, 2018
A lot of I’s in that statement. He ain’t sorry. Turn the channel off of Kanye West, we got bigger things to do & talk about. pic.twitter.com/FhNtwRU8OX
— A Tribe Called Steph (@mrscarter2you) August 29, 2018
At least one person was interested in what the rapper had to say — the president himself. He shared a Breitbart article that used Kanye’s quote about Trump wanting to be the greatest president to say that Kanye believes Trump is “the greatest president for black Americans.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
Remember, folks: context is important. Check your sources.