Janelle Monae Slams Kanye West for His "Free Thinker" Comments
"I mean, slave masters also thought freely, and where did we get with that?" the singer told L.A.'s Power 106.
This week has been a turbulent one for Kanye West. On Tuesday, the polarizing rapper was slammed for his "slavery was a choice" comment during his interview on TMZ. The latest star to chastise West for the ill-advised statement is Dirty Computer artist Janelle Monae.
During a radio interview with L.A.'s Power 106, Monae voiced her disappointment in West and shared her thoughts on the muddy situation. "I come from love. I try not to listen to things to just respond or clap back but really listen to understand," she began. "I think we just have to be patient with each other. I don't agree [with West's comments], and I've been very vocal about that."
She continued: "I'm a free thinker, and here's a free thought: I think that if free thinking is rooted in the oppression of minorities, LGBTQ, immigrants and women, then I don't fuck with your free thoughts. I just think there has to be some balance. I mean, slave masters also thought freely, and where did we get with that?"
Despite receiving a slew of haymakers from some of his colleagues in the music world, West has managed to find some support. On Thursday, The Game spoke to Billboard and stood by his friend amid the controversy. "Notice that, a week ago, the world was silent about Kanye. Now the entire world is in uproar over things he has said or done for the world to see," The Game told Billboard via email. "Don’t think for a minute that his actions and plan weren’t well thought out and set up for his goal to reach his maximum potential. Kanye will always be a friend of mine & although I might not necessarily agree with his views on certain topics, that is what separate us as individuals."
Hear Monae's thoughts on West below.
Janelle Monae speaks on Kanye West's thoughts.— Power 106 (@Power106LA) May 3, 2018
"If free thinking is rooted in the oppression of minorities, LBGTQ, immigrants and women... then I don't f*ck with your free thoughts. Slave masters also thought freely and where did we get with that." - @JanelleMonae pic.twitter.com/t7eqklmRtV
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.