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In case you just got out of a coma and haven’t been online for a while, you should know that Kanye West is back on Twitter and it is not going well. For anyone. Between singing Trump’s praises, terrorizing surgeons and generally voicing controversial and sometimes incomprehensible opinions, Yeezy has been busy. Tuesday afternoon, he sat down with TMZ to do a little bit more of that . . . and to call slavery “a choice.” Take a pause now to do some deep breathing.

After addressing his support for Trump, free thinking and lack thereof, Kanye expressed that he feels freedom in doing things “everyone else tells you not to do.” He said that he didn’t want to be nailed down into a category – be it “artist, hip-hop, black community” – he wants to “represent the world.” Then things got dicey.

“You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” Kanye continued, “Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned. I like the word ‘prison’ because ‘slavery’ goes too direct to the idea of blacks . . . ‘prison’ is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites, you know, one race. We’re the human race.”

TMZ Live hosts Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere didn’t seem to press the star at the moment, but a staffer in the back of the office couldn’t let comments like that go. When Kanye asked the office at large if they thought he was “thinking free” Van Lathan stood up and eloquently articulated to Kanye’s face, with as much respect as possible, just how hurtful and ill-informed his comments have been.

“I actually don’t think you’re thinking anything,” Lathan called out, “I think what you’re doing right now is actually the absence of thought . . . Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real world consequence behind everything that you just said.

While you are making music and being an artist and living the life you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.

Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”

Kanye then approached Lathan saying, “I’m sorry I hurt you, bro” to which Lathan replied, “You need to be more responsible.”

Later Tuesday, after the Twitterverse caught fire over the comments, Kanye tried to explain the reasoning behind his assertion that 400 years of slavery was a choice. In a series of tweets, he presented the not-uncommon argument that in order to move towards a completely equal society, we need to become post-racial or colourblind, and that the only way to do that is to stop talking about race. The fundamental flaw with the argument is that A) ignoring a problem doesn’t make it go away and B) you can’t erase hundreds of years of slavery, colonization, racism and black history in general.

Kanye also compared himself to leaders in black history like Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner. One of his tweets was a quotation he attributed to Tubman, but Snopes reports it was never said by her, or possibly anyone.

People weren’t buying it. There was intense backlash both of the joke and serious argument variety. Some Twitter users started a #IfSlaveryWasAChoice meme while others, including historians and scholars, came out to explain why Kanye’s comments are so reductive, ahistorical and ultimately dangerous.

TMZ reported Wednesday morning that Kanye’s strange comments as of late could be due to him not taking his medications properly and instead “self-regulating.” According to the report, Kanye’s doctors have prescribed “three pills a day” but the rapper has only been taking “one or two a week” because they “messed with his mind in a big way.”