Tuesday was going so well. Kanye West‘s sit-down with Charlamagne tha God was released and the in-depth interview seemed to offer a glimpse into the rapper’s private life over the past few years. West seemed clear minded and thoughtful, with fans rejoicing that last week’s MAGA-fueled tweetstorm was almost forgotten about. Then TMZ Live happened.
West, 40, sparked outrage after saying slavery “sounds like a choice,” appearing manic in the hourlong appearance. Although Kim Kardashian’s husband tried to walk back the slavery comment, the damage was done for many fans.
Last week, Kardashian, 37, staunchly defended her husband, slamming the media for labeling West erratic and praising his free thinking.
To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this… your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 25, 2018
So where does the reality star stand in all of this now?
“No one can watch that appearance yesterday and not be concerned,” a source close to the KarJenners tells Yahoo Entertainment. “Everyone was shocked. There’s a reason Kim tweeted about the Charlamagne interview and nothing about TMZ.”
A second insider adds, “Of course she’s worried, but she will not let on that’s true.”
People also reports the KKW Beauty mogul is concerned behind closed doors. “Kanye is the most amazing person when he’s not acting like this. But when he gets manic, it’s really hard for everyone around him,” a source tells the magazine. “Kim is absolutely worried about him right now, but she will defend him publicly to the end. She’s a very loyal wife, and her tweets and everything she’s been saying is definitely very calculated to help Kanye.”
Kardashian is getting dragged big time on Twitter and Instagram for posting like normal and failing to acknowledge yesterday’s stunning comments.
Your husband is about to confuse your black children about life. We don’t need this
— Money Mani (@Get_Mani) May 2, 2018
so you gonna act like kanye anit say “slavery was a choice”?
— Jamilah (@jamilah44) May 2, 2018
So we acting like nothing wrong
— Lindon Kyte-Peters (@harbourboi) May 2, 2018
The Kardashians are pretty much the only ones tiptoeing around West’s on-air meltdown. Jimmy Kimmel laid into the rapper, whom he’s beefed with before.
“For whatever reason, Kanye felt the need to spend a full hour on TMZ Live today to defend his love for Donald Trump and to go off on a tangent not seen since the glory days of Gary Busey on Celebrity Rehab,” the late-night host quipped.
Kimmel played a clip where West ranted about how doctors gave him seven pills to take when he was released from the hospital in 2016.
“Maybe you should be taking eight,” Kimmel said, laughing. “Kim, it’s time to come get your husband.”
CNN’s Don Lemon also skewered West, exclaiming, “He’s embarrassing himself because he doesn’t know history.”
Fans and celebrities took to social media to express their disgust and disappointment at West’s tweets.
To whom much is giving much is tested …. get arrested I guess until he get the message.. I feel the pressure under more scrutiny and what I do “act more stupidly” ♂️ #oldye #wemissyoubro them bars touched me in my cell!
A post shared by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on May 1, 2018 at 7:25pm PDT
“SLAVERY…A CHOICE”❓❓❓My Brother,OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Stolen From Mother Africa. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Ripped Of Our Religion,Language,Culture. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Murdered, Lynched,Castrated,Raped,Burnt At The Stake,Families Sold Apart. OUR Ancestors Built This Country (On Land Stolen From The Native Americans)From The Ground Up Under The Institution Of SLAVERY. Where Is This Brother In The Picture Next To Me❓❓❓I Would Not Be Surprised If OUR Ancestors Are Not Pleased With Your Uneducated Comments. P.S. Your Retraction Does Not Undue The Harm You Cause To Our Beloved ANCESTORS. WAKE UP.
A post shared by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on May 2, 2018 at 3:21am PDT
He is in crisis. I hope he gets whatever help he needs. It’s not just his words and ideas. Listen to an old song or interview. He doesn’t sound like the same person. https://t.co/c4UasLdLYc
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) May 2, 2018
Yes, It was a choice. A governmental choice by the forefathers. Violently Reinforced for centuries. Kanye is the result. https://t.co/HCQnQgDfu9
— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) May 1, 2018
Just finished watching ‘12 years a Choice’.
— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) May 2, 2018
It is clear that @kanyewest is being sensational for the sake of publicity. I could care less about that. But for you to use the murder and holocaust of slavery for your own self aggrandizement is at the core of your vile appeasement of white supremacists.
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) May 2, 2018
Shame on you, @kanyewest + @rkelly. If you want to have a REAL conversation about lynching, get at me. Until then, have some respect and dignity for the dead. The murdered. You’ve gone beyond embarrassing yourselves. You’re both in territory that you don’t REALLY want to be in. pic.twitter.com/LXci0F0umc
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 2, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) May 2, 2018
West admitted yesterday that he is not taking all the medications he was prescribed by doctors following his 2016 breakdown, which people close to him reportedly believe caused the controversial remark.
The rapper has been unusually quiet today since his return to Twitter, just posting one tweet.
this is so helpful. I’m always a student. I’m learning about love pic.twitter.com/IknblRx4Pk
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 2, 2018
We have a feeling that will change.
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