"The Wire" actor Wendell Pierce has called out hip-hop artist Kanye West for his comments earlier this week on "TMZ Live" in which he referred to slavery as a "choice."
"It is clear that @kanyewest is being sensational for the sake of publicity. I could care less about that," Pierce tweeted Wednesday. "But for you to use the murder and holocaust of slavery for your own self aggrandizement is at the core of your vile appeasement of white supremacists."
Controversy tends to follow the rapper, but West sparked criticism last month when he returned to Twitter. Last week, he tweeted himself wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat and professed his admiration for President Donald J. Trump, for whom he said he shared "dragon energy." The backlash harshened with West's comments on black-on-black crime and slavery on TMZ Tuesday.
"When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... that sounds like a choice," West said, in hopes of clarifying his idea of "free thought." "You was there for 400 years, and it's all of y'all?"
Pierce tweeted that West ignored some of the brutal treatment and violence that slaves and African-Americans endured against their will at the hands of white supremacy.
"You glorify those that murdered our mothers & fathers, raped our women, & swelled our numbers with bastards. You @kanyewest embrace those who inhumanly experimented on our bodies to watch the ravage of death for decades in Tuskegee," Pierce said.
The actor also suggested that West do some research. He advised the musician to visit landmarks, including the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana, the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, and the latest National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., which opened in April to honor the thousands of victims of racist lynchings.
"When that is done, I pray the world chooses to forget you and the trite, monotony you call music," Pierce said.
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