Kanye West has courted controversy in the past with his comments regarding slavery, but it seems that he hasn't learned his lesson.
The rapper - who recently announced his intention to run for President - held his first campaign rally at the weekend and it was not without some eyebrow-raising moments.
Now, his remarks about American abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman - who herself was born into slavery and helped to rescue many people from slavery using the famous 'Underground Railroad' network - has caused quite a stir.
Footage from the rally, which was attended by a few hundred people, saw a bulletproof vest-wearing West proclaim: "Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves... she just had them go work for other white people."
Grumbles and shouts of opposition were immediately heard amongst the crowd.
Kanye said this and I left immediately. I went for a laugh and I got one. But when it got disrespectful for me it was over. pic.twitter.com/nNqjUp03mu
— Toe Knee (@toekneerlynos) July 19, 2020
He also broke down in tears as he shared his views on abortion - which he first referenced in that Forbes interview - saying that his father had wanted to abort him. He also said that he and Kim Kardashian had considered aborting their first daughter, North, before a 'divine intervention' caused her to change her mind.
"I was having the rapper’s lifestyle,” he said. “I was sitting up in Paris, and I had my leather pants on … and I had my laptop up and I got all of my creative ideas … And the screen went black and white and God said, ‘if you fuck with my vision I’m going to fuck with yours’.
“And I called my wife and she said, we’re gonna have this baby. I said we’re gonna have this child … So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world when I didn’t want to. She stood up and she protected that child.”
He added that he felt abortion should be legal, but that there should be a financial incentive for mothers. "My stance is not to make abortion illegal at all," he said. "It should always be legal. But there should be an option of maximum increase available … Maximum increase would be, everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars."
Kanye West Starts Crying at His Campaign Rally Speaking About His Father Wanting an Abortion And His Mom Saving Him pic.twitter.com/WGso3becgK
— DomisLive NEWS (@domislivenews) July 20, 2020
Kanye West is currently getting emotional at his campaign event in South Carolina on the topic of Abortion:
“There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy... I almost killed my daughter” pic.twitter.com/DsWeiLizhB
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 19, 2020
At this stage, given his obviously unstable emotional and mental state, such proclamations must be a cause for concern for his friends and family members, who have allegedly claimed that he is in the midst of a bipolar episode. If that is the case, let's hope he gets the help that he needs sooner rather than later.
This tweet, perhaps, sums it up best.
It’s possible to disagree vehemently with Kanye West’s stance on abortion and his misrepresentation of Harriet Tubman while holding compassion for a clearly troubled human being. And that’s all I have to say on the subject.
— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) July 19, 2020