Kanye West Clowned Over Slavery Comments With #IfSlaveryWasAChoice Memes

Rapper criticized for saying 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice”

Kanye West

Kanye West was relentlessly mocked by a new hashtag — #IfSlaveryWasAChoice — after saying on “TMZ Live” Tuesday that 400 years of slavery appeared to be “a choice.”

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” West said. “You was there for 400 years, and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”

West later attempted to clarify the statement, tweeting, “Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will … My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.”

The hashtag #IfSlaveryWasAChoice became the top trending topic in the U.S. just hours later. Read on for some examples:






And here’s an honorary mention not from the hashtag: