Detroit radio station 'mutes' Kanye West after controversial slavery remarks

Posted at 9:44 AM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-03 18:50:37-04

A radio station in Detroit said it will pull Kanye West's songs off of its airwaves after West made controversial statements about slavery earlier this week.

105.1 The Bounce, Detroit's throwback hip hop and R&B station, announced Thursday morning during a Facebook live that it will no longer play West's songs.

West said slavery was a "choice" when he visited TMZ's newsroom on Tuesday.

"We feel like Kanye has gone too far with his latest statement declaring that 'slavery was a choice,'" the station said in a Facebook post.

“At the end of the day if you don’t stand up for what you believe in then what do you stand for," show host Shay Shay said in an interview with WXYZ. 

Both hosts Shay Shay and Big said they worry about his fans believing his comments as historically correct. 

“We’re just worried the kids are going to take his word for it," Big said. 

“They might not know Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and actually what happened, but when Kanye says what he says that’s their history, his truth is their truth," Shay Shay said. 

Both hosts say they don't know when they will end the Mute Kanye movement.