Kanye West has apologized after being embroiled in controversy for months over comments he made earlier this summer about slavery.
CNN quotes West saying in an interview today with WGCI-FM in Chicago: “I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel. So I want to take this moment right now to say … I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.”
In an interview with TMZ back in May, West said: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.”
He added: “You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all. It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”
CNN notes that one TMZ staffer, Van Lathan, challenged West’s comments at the time, telling him: “Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me, that’s not real.”
In the radio interview West reportedly said the incident “showed me how much black people love me and how much black people count on me and depend on me and I appreciate that.”