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Actor Wendell Pierce responds to Kanye West's 'slavery was a choice' statement

FILE - In this March 31, 2016 file photo, Wendell Pierce, a cast member in "Confirmation," poses at the premiere of the HBO film in Los Angeles. Pierce has announced that the grand opening of an apartment complex will be next month. The Baltimore Sun reports Pierce said in a tweet, "Grand Opening of The Nelson Kohl Apartments 20 E. Lanvale. April 6th 11:30am. Come and join me as we cut the ribbon!!!" (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Yesterday Kanye West shocked the world with his controversial interview with TMZ in which he said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... For 400 years? That sounds like a choice," said West. "You were there for 400 years and it's all of y'all. It's like we're mentally imprisoned."

And as soon as those words left his lips-- a firestorm erupted on social media.

While most people are completely appalled that West would flippantly categorize the horror and suffering that enslaved Africans suffered at the hands of slave masters.

There are some people who are arguing that West didn't mean slavery in a physical sense, but if you read between the lines, he meant that many people today live in a state of "mental imprisonment."

Nevertheless, Yeezy is in hot water and Twitterverse has started #MuteKanye.

Actor Wendell Pierce, who currently stars on the USA Network TV drama 'Suits,' took to social media and gave an impassionate plea to West to reconsider his stance on what slavery really is and to become more educated on the topic.

Pierce starts off his Twitter thread with acknowledging that West, "is being sensational for the sake of publicity."

He eventually tells West to, "Apologize to his (great grandfather's) spirit and the souls of all our ancestors who were denied the life of privilege you lead."


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