What Did Kanye West Say About the 13 Amendment?

Kanye West

After a controversial performance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, Kanye West continues to stir the pot. West received lukewarm reviews on his SNL musical guest performance, which also featured rapper Lil Pump, but clearly, he could not go quietly into the night.

Instead, the rapper took the stage to make his case for President Donald Trump. His comments were met with some uneasy applause, but mainly boos. The cast eventually re-joined West on stage, looking uncomfortable. One witness told Variety, “The entire studio fell dead silent.” And while West thanked the audience, maybe he felt that he didn’t really make his point. So he launched a tweet to add fuel to the fire.

West said this to the SNL audience

Kanye West | NBC

A Twitter user captured West’s rant, as you can hear comedian Chris Rock giggling in the background. He said, “‘How could you like Trump, he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.” At another, he moves rapidly from topic to topic. “You wanna see the sunken place? Okay, Im’a listen to y’all now. I’ma put my Superman cape on because this means you can’t tell me what to do… You want the world to move forward? Try love.”

He also asserted SNL cast members bullied him for wearing the MAGA hat too, but others said that wasn’t the case. “No one bullied him about wearing the MAGA hat. He wore it in promos and all week before the show even aired and was asking everyone if they thought he should wear the hat, interns, anyone walking by who would listen,” an unnamed source told People.

Then tweeted this wearing his MAGA hat

The next morning, from what looks to be a photo from a private plane, West tweeted, “this represents good and America becoming whole again.  We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs.  We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love”

He backpedaled and revised his tweet–twice, according to Newsweek. First: “The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise, meaning it never ended. We are the solution that heals.” Then: “Not abolish, but let’s amend the 13th Amendment.”

What is the 13th amendment?

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was designed to abolish slavery in the United States, History.com reports. The 13th amendment is,  “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Backlash was swift

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Despite West’s best efforts to clarify his point, reactions were harsh. Chris Evans responded with, “There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue. The level of unapologetic conjecture I’ve encountered lately isn’t just frustrating, it’s retrogressive, unprecedented and absolutely terrifying.”

Michael Rappaport wrote, “When you say ‘We’ you’re talking about Kendal & them right?
Cause you’re not speaking for anyone else up in here.” Other celebrities piled on too including Soledad O’Brien and Brandon Routh, Deadline reports. Lana Del Rey added to West’s comments section with, “Trump becoming our president was a loss for the country but your support of him is a loss for the culture. I can only assume you relate to his personality on some level. Delusions of grandeur, extreme issues with narcissism,” Rolling Stone reports.

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