#TheWord via CNN
Last week, West went on a Twitter tear, tweeting about his admiration of President Donald Trump, calling him "my brother" and saying they both have "dragon energy."
The artist raised a great deal of ire when he tweeted a photo of himself wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.
He then doubled down on his comments -- and his determination to be a "free thinker" -- by releasing the song "Ye vs. The People" in which he spars with rapper T.I., who has been a vocal critic of Trump.
But West surpassed even his own ability to stir up the masses when on Tuesday he suggested that the enslavement of African Americans in the US was a "choice."
"When you hear about slavery for 400 years," he said during a TMZ interview that took place at its headquarters. "For 400 years? That sounds like a choice."
His comments immediately evoked a passionate response from TMZ staffer Van Lathan, who was in the newsroom during West's rant, and a Twitter take-down in the form of the hashtag, #IfSlaveryWasAChoice.
Some on Twitter used humor to grapple with West's controversial comments.