Metro Detroit station bans Kanye songs after slavery comments
Metro Detroit's throwback hip-hop station, WMGC-FM (105.1), announced Thursday it won't air Kanye West songs in response to controversial comments made earlier this week by the artist.
During the morning show with Bigg and Shay Shay on The Bounce, the hosts let listeners know they won't play the rapper's songs on air after his comments about slavery on TMZ earlier this week.
West appeared on TMZ Live on Tuesday and discussed "free thought," and during that conversation, he said, "When you hear about slavery for 400 years, 400 years?! That sounds like a choice."
Officials at the Ferndale-based radio station said it allowed listeners have a voice and started #MuteKanye.
"We feel like Kanye has gone too far with his latest statement declaring that 'slavery was a choice,'" the station posted on Facebook. "We are over it. We don’t want to hear Kanye’s music; we don’t want to play Kanye on our show; we don’t want to talk about Kanye anymore. So we are taking a stand, and we aren’t playing his music anymore; we just are refusing to give him a platform."
In the hour-long morning show Thursday, listeners called in to say West's comments were hurtful and preferred his songs not to be played.
Bigg told The Detroit News the response was so overwhelming, the station's new program director, John Candelaria, approved the ban.
"In my 20-year radio career, this is one of the largest responses I've ever seen; the largest reaction on The Bounce, too," Bigg said. "It’s very overwhelming right now. I’m just trying to keep up. Lots of people in support, but the people that aren’t are taking personal jabs. Weird."