US rapper Kanye West has told mainstream media that he has become inspired to “use Bitcoin,” suggesting dollar bills are too “reminiscent” of slavery.
West: US Dollar ‘Like Slave Movies’
Speaking in an interview for TMZ May 1, West hit out at the past four hundred years of US history with regard to slavery, calling the period a “choice.”
During the episode, which sources now describe as “confrontational,” the star directly mentioned Bitcoin, saying the image of political activist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill had made him “want to use it,” likely due to the apolitical and neutral attributes of the world’s first and most popular cryptocurrency.
“When I saw Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, that’s when I wanted to use bitcoin,” he said.
It’s like all the slave movies. Why you gotta keep reminding us about slavery? Why don’t you put Michael Jordan on the $20 bill?
West has courted controversy in recent weeks following repeated endorsements of president Donald Trump on social media. After his piece on slavery, TMZ host Van Lathan retaliated, telling West he “actually didn’t think he was thinking anything.”