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Don Cheadle to Kanye: “The Racist Ideas You’re Currently Espousing Are Old”

Kanye West believes he’s a free thinker, bringing new ideas to the forefront of black and popular culture, but according to the highly-respected award-winning actor Don Cheadle, it’s all bullshit.

On Wednesday, Cheadle responded to a West tweet about being attacked over the presentation of these new ideas, reminding West that just because said ideas are new to him doesn’t make them “new.”

Several hours before Cheadle took to social media to impart his two cents, Spike Lee, another member of Club Hollywood who was appalled by West’s comments about slavery during his appearance on TMZ on Tuesday, shared a similar, albeit more direct, sentiment.

“My Brother, OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Stolen From Mother Africa,” wrote Lee. “OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Ripped Of Our Religion, Language, Culture. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Murdered, Lynched, Castrated, Raped, Burnt At The Stake, Families Sold Apart.”

For better or worse—mostly worse—West has dominated the media cycle and the conversation since his return to social media, calling President Trump his “brother” and announcing the impending release of five new albums from G.O.O.D. Music.


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