Kanye West posted a selfie wearing a Make America Great Again hat followed by several bizarre comments criticizing the 13th Amendment – which outlawed slavery – on Sunday afternoon
Kanye West has once again kicked up controversy on Twitter with a string of bizarre tweets in which he calls the 13th Amendment ‘slavery in disguise’.
Fresh off his appearance on Saturday Night Live, the rapper wrote midday Sunday: ‘the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals (sic).’
Minutes later he clarified the statement, tweeting: ‘not abolish but. let’s amend the 13th amendment We apply everyone’s opinions to our platform (sic).’
The tweets have left fans scratching their heads as they attempt to comprehend what exactly West is saying about the constitutional amendment, which abolished slavery back in 1864.
A couple hours earlier the artist had posted a selfie on Instagram and Twitter wearing the same Make America Great Again hat that was met with boos during his SNL performance the night before.
In the caption he wrote: ‘this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th Amendment. Message sent with love (sic).’
West called for the 13th Amendment to be abolished in the caption of his MAGA hat selfie on Sunday
He clarified his call to abolish the 13th Amendment in two tweets later in the day Sunday, but fans have still be left scratching their heads over the rapper’s bizarre comments
Many fans have speculated that West’s critique of the 13th Amendment is centered on a specific clause in the writing which says people who have been convicted of a crime can still be enslaved.
Section 1 of the amendment reads: ‘Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.’
Such an explanation is supported by the fact that during his SNL performance West wore a sweatshirt with the words ‘FREE HOOVER’ written across the front.
The sweatshirt reportedly refers to jailed Chicago street gang leader Larry Hoover.
Hoover founded the Chicago street gang the Gangster Disciples. He is currently serving six life sentences in Florence, Colorado.
West did not elaborate on why he wanted to free Hoover, who is currently serving six life sentences in Florence, Colorado, for his involvement in the Gangster Disciples.
The sweatshirt is available for sale at $90 on Kanye’s online store.
Earlier this week, the rapper claimed to have redesigned the MAGA hat, by changing the brim and the shape of the front. He also told Fader he added ‘positive energy’ to the hat.
West sparked confusion during his appearance on Saturday Night Live when he wore a sweatshirt with the words ‘FREE HOOVER’ written across the front
The rapper said this week he had ‘redesigned’ the controversial hat and ‘put positive energy into it’. It is unclear why Kanye was wearing a Free Hoover shirt, but it appears to be related to Chicago gang leader Larry Hoover
Following his third and final performance on Saturday night, West delivered a sermon about his approval of Donald Trump, running in 2020 and how things can progress in America.
‘So many times I talk to a white person about this and [they] say, “How could you like Trump? He’s racist.”,’ he said.
‘Well, if I was concerned about racism I would’ve moved out of America a long time ago.’
West’s new album, YANDHI, dropped during the show.