Rapper Kanye West has been getting a lot of backlash from celebrities and fans alike for his comments on slavery. While on TMZ Live on Tuesday, West suggested slavery was a choice because it lasted for 400 years. Ava DuVernay, Spike Lee and others responded to the rapper’s claims with criticism. An online petition was also created demanding that German sportswear brand adidas cut ties with him.
Longtime friend Jamie Foxx, however, has come forward to defend the rapper and places blame on TMZ. While out at a West Hollywood bar, the Oscar-winning actor was caught on video obtained by the site saying, “TMZ know they shouldn’t be doing that s**t, man, to a good friend of ours. … They put that boy on display.”
He continued, “My man is going through something, I ain’t gonna be like everybody else and jump on the bandwagon and say I hate my dude.” After making suggestions that West needs some help, Foxx offered up his number to the entertainer.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.