The 62-year-old Kardashian matriarch appeared on Friday’s episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show and during her chat with the TV legend, talk naturally turned to her daughter Kim’s husband and his headline-hitting behaviour.
Staunchly defending the rapper, she said: ‘Kanye has a lot of love for all of you, all of his fans, and everybody who’s been there to support him forever. And, I know that he will explain himself in his own way.’
Kris continued: ‘I think that anything he does – and I just think this is important to say is – he always does things with really good intentions. So, I’m going to let him explain himself when the time is ready.’
Kanye’s controversial comments began when he reactivated his Twitter account almost a year after he deleted it, and used the platform to voice his love for his ‘brother’ Donald Trump.
In an interview published earlier this week, the 40-year-old rapper seemingly suggested that the four centuries of black slavery lasted so long because those who were enslaved chose not to fight back.
He said: ‘When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. We’re mentally imprisoned.’ Despite this, the ‘Stronger’ musician later took to Twitter to say his comments had been misconstrued.
He clarified: ‘To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. 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
‘They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut the reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea (sic)’
Since Kanye’s comments were released, stars including Eve and will.i.am have condemned the rapper.
Meanwhile, the Yeezy designer’s endorsement of Trump and his inflammatory remarks about slavery have caused some to severe their ties with him.
‘We are over it. We don’t want to hear Kanye’s music, we don’t want to play Kanye on our show, we don’t want to talk about Kanye anymore,’ said hosts Shay Shay and BiGG.
‘So we are taking a stand and we aren’t playing his music anymore; we just are refusing to give him a platform.’
Their comments were in reference to outlandish comments Kanye made about slavery during his time on TMZ. ‘When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,’the 40-year-old recording artist said.
‘You were there for 400 years, and it is all of y’all? It is like we are mentally imprisoned. I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. It is like slavery, holocaust. Holocaust, is Jews, and slavery is blacks.’
He went on: ‘So prison is something that unites us as one race. Black and whites, one race. It is like we are one with the human race, we are human beings and stuff.’
His comments were met with visceral disdain from various celebrities and folks on social media.
Snoop Dogg dropped a photo of Kanye showing him as a white man and stated: ‘The new. Kanye well allwhite now way to go dude.’
LeVar Burton – who starred as Kunta Kinte in the slavery miniseries Roots – deemed the rappers comments as ‘irresponsible.’
‘Kanye has gone on record and said he doesn’t read books. But you don’t, Kanye, need to put out misinformation like that. There are too many people who listen to you, who take what you say valuable and true.’
On Twitter, #MuteKanye and #BanKanyeWest quickly gained traction as people disassociated themselves from the rapper’s music, clothing and concerts.
‘How do we get @kanyewest removed from all the streaming services?!?! He won’t know how WRONG he is until he feels it and no one listens to him!!!’ one user said, tagging Tidal, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora.
Another added: ‘#MuteKanye I need everyone to keep this same energy when new yeezys & the album drop He won’t be getting a dime of my money.. but he never has anyway so.’
‘Stop buying his shoes, stop streaming his music, stop going to his concerts…he is out of touch with reality and the millions of fans that have supported him! It’s time for his peers to do the same #BlackoutKanyeWest #MuteKanye,’ stated a different one.
‘The boycott of Kanye West has begun,’ asserted Hot 97 on Twitter, the same station where New York City radio host Ebro Darden’s show airs.
‘For most Americans, no matter what color you are, Kanye’s diatribe on slavery was the last straw,’ the petition reads. ‘As many in the media have pointed out, West’s words are not only wrong, they are dangerous.’
More than 12,500 of the 13,000 signatures had been added to the petition as of Thursday night. But even with the signatures, Adidas Adidas AG Chief Executive Officer Kasper Rorsted shared with Bloomberg News that the company would not oblige.
‘We neither comment or speculate on every single comment that our external creators are making,’ said Rorsted.
‘Kanye has been and is a very important part of our strategy and has been a fantastic creator. And that’s why I’m going to leave it. I’m not going to comment on every comment that he or someone else is making.’