Racists are embracing Kanye West after his controversial “slavery is a choice” comment with the rapper gaining newfound friends in the alt-right.
While West tried to later walk back the slavery comments he made on TMZ, the damage had been done. The Black community may have pushed back on the fashion designer, with a slew of celebrities and prominent figures posting their dismay about his divisive remarks, conservative forums on the other hand have embraced him, according to the Daily Beast.
“This is a HUUUGE redpill, and I’m not even big on the whole Kanye thing,” one commenter wrote online in an alt-right forum on 4chan, the controversial bulletin board site. (Alt-right supporters have used the term “redpill” in reference to becoming open to their beliefs, but it actually refers to its use in The Matrix.)
Another 4chan user, posted a garden tool claiming could have been used for slaves to fight and break free.
InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson defended West’s comments and tweeted:
“Kanye was obviously talking about Black people being mired in the mindset of slavery being a choice, not that slaves 400 years ago had a choice,” he said on Twitter. “The stupidity of normies is astounding. #IfSlaveryWasAChoice”
Alleged cult leader and libertarian pundit Stefan Molyneux, is even talking about West. He interviewed Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist and Trump supporter who said he’d wouldn’t mind a meeting with West.
“If he were just a celebrity, maybe, if I had nothing else to do,” Adams said. “But he’s not just a celebrity. He is changing the world. And if I could help him, I would absolutely do it.”
Another new BFF West has conjured is Charlie Kirk, founder of the conservative Turning Points USA. He posted an Instagram story of West’s 2010 song “Power.”