After reactivating his Twitter account and sending out tons of tweets, including pro-President Donald Trump messages, Kanye West did interviews with Charlamagne tha God and TMZ that aired Tuesday.
Two of the things the rapper talked about were how he became addicted to opioids after getting liposuction and how 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice.” He later tweeted that his slavery comment was “an example of free thought.”
Celebrities and fans all around the world reacted. In the time since the TMZ interview aired, the celebrity news site caught up with NBA champs Matt Barnes and Julius Erving to ask them for their thoughts.
Barnes believes West needs to get help and focus on taking care of his family. The former NBA player first shared a video message on Instagram.
Barnes captioned his IG:
“Pray for this man! And father to father sit yo a- down bro!! If not for anybody else, do it for your kids… Love✊#DeeperThanRap”
And said in his video about West ( you can watch the NSFW video here):
“It’s disappointing. It’s sad. It hurts … At the end of the day, he was and still is, to me, he’s one of us. Let’s not prey and make a mockery out of this man because he’s obviously going through something. He’s got kids, he’s got a beautiful family. Whoever’s in his corner, sit his (expletive) down. This is not a game. This is real life. Get these (expletive) cameras out of this man’s face.”
Barnes repeated a similar message to TMZ:
“On top of all the other (expletive) he’s talking about with Donald Trump and that, I don’t believe in anything he’s saying as far as that standpoint, but I believe in him as a father and as a man … I just think he’s in an uncomfortable place from a standpoint of surgery as a man and lipo and opioids and all this other (expletive) and this Trump (expletive). I just think he needs to sit back and chill out and worry about his family, focus on his family. And the people trying to interview him, it’s all fake (expletive). He needs to gather himself and realize what he says can affect his family. I care about kids, so at the end of the day, you’re putting your family in a tough situation and that’s where my heart is at. I hope whatever it is he gets through.”
(Video is NSFW.)
Erving didn’t have as much to say, but he noted that West is “entitled to his own opinion.” He also explained why he’s not personally hurt by the slavery comments:
“It doesn’t hurt me personally because he’s only one individual. It hurts more to hear the things that are coming out of the White House.”