Kanye West's "for 400 years? That sounds like a choice" comments about slavery continue to draw well-earned ire. On Wednesday's Daily Show, host Trevor Noah reminded West that slavery most definitely does not resemble anything even remotely choice-esque.
"Going blonde is a choice," Noah said. "Both are terrible but one is easier to undo. But, actually, you know what? When I think about it, slavery actually was a choice… for white people. White people were like, 'Hey, should we keep doing things ourselves or make other people do it for us? Yeah, other people! That sounds good.'"
After praising TMZ producer Van Lathan for standing up to West's comments, Noah continued. "Normally, I wouldn't really care what Kanye West says about slavery or black history," he said. "But what does suck is that now every member of the tiki torch club out there is gonna use Kanye's words to justify their hate. Basically, the way Kanye samples old school soul music is how racists are gonna sample him now."
West's comments were also the subject of a Late Night segment Wednesday night featuring writer Amber Ruffin:
West later attempted to clarify his comments on Twitter, though many found the clarification attempt underwhelming. "To make myself clear, of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will," West said. "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 tweets have since been deleted."