Kanye West‘s comments are coming under fire… and not by Bill O’Reilly.
Arsenio Hall is checking Yeezy on his usage of the word “slave” in music and telling Kanye to pause before referencing the late night host’s fall from grace in the 90’s. “As usual, Kanye’s premise confuses the facts,” Arsenio said, “So then therefore, everything else had to be thrown out.” The comedian/host/actor went on to say:
“Like usual, Kanye’s premise confuses the facts so therefore everything else has to be thrown out. At the end of the day, he’s a musician and I’m a comedian. We’re not doctors. Nobody works for Johns Hopkins. You know what I mean? We’re not educators. I think we take ourselves a little too serious. But that’s something that will straighten itself out with maturity, because the bottom line is this, *mocks Kanye* ‘They gon’ do me like they did!…’ Yo man. Stop making me like I’m Nat Turner or something.
I know what you heard in the barber shop, [but] I just left my show. The white man didn’t do nothing this time, bruh. Save that for when the white man do do something. Don’t muddy the waters of racism with my bulls–t because it was not racism. It was not a plot. I just left my show. I left six months before the s–t you talkin’ about. So the bottom line is, I don’t like to be put in those conversations because there’s no struggle here. My struggle was in the ghetto of Cleveland. There’s no struggle now. And nothing about anything I do or he does.
In regards to Kanye using the word “slave,” Arsenio says:
“I hate the word ‘slave’ used in songs. The fuck outta here. Do you know what that word is? Do you know what that word is all about? Nobody can use the word ‘slave’ in pop culture. If you’re in the music business, you shouldn’t fuck with that word. Too serious an era. Too serious a problem in America. Do you know what it meant to slaves?”