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VIDEO: Arsenio Hall Slams Kanye West’s Misinformed Racism Rants

Arsenio Hall is taking a stand over Kanye West’s ill-informed rants on racism. In recent weeks, the rapper has spoken about being “marginalized” buy white America, released clothing with the Confederate flag and even accused the Grammys of being racist in “only” nominating him for two awards this year. But when West dragged Hall’s name into his discussions, the late-night host made it clear that wasn’t appreciated.

In a recent radio interview, West said that he was similar to Hall because, “we’re born artists; we’re born free; and then we’re held down by society’s perception of us.” The rapper also declared that Hall’s talk show was canceled because he was too opinionated and that they would eventually say, “Oh, he’s like Arsenio Hall, and he was turning up too much and now you fired. But when you got money, can’t nobody fire you.”

Hall fired back and said he chose to walk away from his show, making it clear that race had nothing to do with the removal of his late-night program two decades ago. “As usual, Kanye’s premise confuses the facts. Therefore, everything else has to be thrown out,” he said. “The white man didn’t do nothin’ this time, bruh. Save that for when the white man do do somethin’… Don’t muddy the waters of racism with my bulls*it because it was not racism. It was not a plot. I just left my show… I don’t like to be put in those conversations.”

The talk show host also objected to West’s frequent use of the word “slave” and speaking about the struggle of black men in entertainment. “I came from the ghetto of Cleveland. That was my struggle,” he said. “If you’re in the music business, you shouldn’t f*ck with that word [“slave”]. Too serious an era. Do you know what [that word] meant to slaves?”

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  • KEVIN HURST

    Kanye don’t talk about it be about it or were you concerned only of your personal plight , there are many of us that continue to struggle through racist tactics , learn how to pass it forward help someone else be successful at what they do , or help someone who is trying to help them self the more that have success the greater our strength becomes in numbers this is why they are trying to sabotage our society because they fear we may catch on to this … PASS IT FORWARD … it is more about our children in the future not having to suffer the same lives we have endured UBUNTU … look up the African meaning .

  • Katiedidnt1

    Kanye West is way to full of himself and keeps bringing race into every conversation. I can just imagine the upbringing that beautiful child will have with his attitude. I do not like his music and I am beginning to seriously dislike him for his race talk – blaming his race for everything, including not being nominated for enough Grammys??? WTF Grow up Kanye – Have you listened to your music? Comparing yourself to Jesus in the title of your last album?? excuse me? You are a loser and you made yourself the loser you are by your “the world owes me” BS talking Just zip it please!!!!

  • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

    Love Arsenio; his was the only late night show I watched back in the day. Kanye is a self important, narcissistic waste of carbon.

  • R Mills

    he just contradicted himself by say how serious racism is right now.

  • עלץ בז ישראל

    #Slavery is still being practiced today, just in a different form, and has nothing to do with race or skin tone, as “Black” and “White” are social-political constructs, i.e. “legal status” (See Federal Directive 15). Mental slavery is the order of the day. There are no need for physical chains when the mind is heavily shackled. So called Negroes, Blacks, Coloreds, and African Americans, minorities in general are blind to this fact, unaware of the legal ramifications of their social-political status, which is that of chattel property, still.

  • Roberta Thurman

    I think Kanye is just as bad as the very people he hates. He is no better.

  • Joanna Gear

    KANYE IS JUST A FU*CKING LOSER TRYING TO GET AHEAD. HE THINKS HIS WHORE OF A GIRLFRIEND IS SUPPOSE TO HELP HIM OUT. AND HOW COULD A NIGGER THAT CAN MARRY A WHITE SLUT BE A FU*KING SLAVE. SLAVES CAN’T MARRY WHITE FOLKS. THIS NIGGER IS FILL OF SHIT

  • Joanna Gear

    KANYE THIS IS THE REAL WORLD LIVE IN IT OR DIE

  • AnnaGraceS

    How sad that Kenya is so self absorbed!! A few years of maturity will help this poor soul! Hope he will teach his daughter to NOT be the way he is always thinking she is being discriminated against!! So sad!!

  • jane

    omg, will someone please inform that illiterate dipshit west that whites was the first slaves in the united states. they was also treated worse then black slaves that came much later. dumb ars west you wouldnt know what it would be like to be a slave. your a slave to your self and your greed and ignorence. illiterate fk

    • Josh Wobbles

      Kanye West is a retarded fool, but second only to you, that is the dumbest comment I may have ever read…

    • Josh Wobbles

      Also funny, Kanye is the illiterate, yet you have no grasp on the concept of grammar…