NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 01: Kanye West presents the Fashion Icon Award to Pharrell Williams onstage at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
8:19 AM 05/04/2018
A Detroit hip-hop and R&B radio station will no longer be playing Kanye Wests music following the controversy surrounding the rappers recent comments about slavery.
Two on-air DJs told 105.1 the Bounces Detroit audience Thursday they were “refusing to give [Kanye] a platform” on their shift. Since then, the rest of the station has reportedly joined the boycott.
“We feel like Kanye has gone too far with his latest statement declaring that slavery was a choice,'” wrote DJs BIGG and Shay Shay in a Facebook post. “We are over it. We dont want to hear Kanyes music, we dont want to play Kanye on our show, we dont want to talk about Kanye anymore. So we are taking a stand and we arent playing his music anymore; we just are refusing to give him a platform.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” said West. “Like, you were there for 400 years and its all of you all? You know, its like were mentally in prison. I like the word prison cause slavery goes too — too direct to the idea of blacks.”
The Bounces move is the latest in a series of boycotting and deplatforming efforts by liberal activists upset at Wests comments and recent social media support of President Trump. The group Sleeping Giants is currently behind an effort to influence Adidas to drop their partnership with the rapper.