Making his latest antisemitic tirade worse, rapper Kanye West who goes by the name Ye reportedly proclaimed his admiration for Hitler and the Nazis.
According to podcaster Van Lathan, who had interviewed West earlier, his latest antisemitic slurs did not surprise him. On Tuesday, Lathan said that West made the comments about Hitler but they were ultimately edited out of the infamous 2018 rant on TMZ in which he also claimed slavery was “a choice.”
Lathan said that during his interview, he confronted and challenged Kanye, but TMZ’s videos showing the confrontation were edited, because his mention of people who died “because of Nazism and Hitler…wouldn’t have made sense unless they kept in Kanye saying he loved Hitler and the Nazis.”
In the interview, West made an uneasy slavery comment saying, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years — for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally in prison.”
To this, Lathan said he brought up the Holocaust. “If you look at what I said at TMZ, it goes from me saying like, ‘Hey Kanye, there’s real-life, real-world implication to everything that you just said there.’ What I say after that — if I can remember, it’s been a long time — was, ’12 million people actually died because of Nazism and Hitler and all of that stuff,’ and then I move on to talk about what he said about slavery.”
In response, West allegedly said he “loved Hitler and the Nazis.” Because of this declaration, Lathan said it didn’t shock him to hear that West has antisemitic views.