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Director Spike Lee is begging for Kanye West to just wake up already. The Hollywood veteran has stepped forward to share his concern for Yeezy’s state of mind following controversial slavery remarks.

Lee went to Instagram Wednesday (May 2) and checked West about suggesting slaves had a choice.

Last night, Selma director Ava DuVernay shared similar feelings toward Kanye.

I’ve had it with @KanyeWest + @RKelly using the imagery of lynching as rebuttals re: their dastardly behavior. Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance. This is what lynching looked like. How dare they? pic.twitter.com/wfobcdjiKL

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 2, 2018

Shame on you, @kanyewest + @rkelly. If you want to have a REAL conversation about lynching, get at me. Until then, have some respect and dignity for the dead. The murdered. You’ve gone beyond embarrassing yourselves. You’re both in territory that you don’t REALLY want to be in. pic.twitter.com/LXci0F0umc

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 2, 2018

According to @MemPeaceJustice, more than 4,000 black men, women and children were hung/lynched between 1877 and 1950. @kanyewest + @rkelly are using their heinous murders in tweets and press statements. Using our ancestors’ pain as punchlines. pic.twitter.com/DHlwIF5kLc

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 2, 2018

Yesterday, Kanye made headlines with a slew of slavery-inspired tweets.

to make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

They cut out our tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

Kanye vs the media is modern day Willie Linch theory.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

they hung the most powerful in order to force fear into the others.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

they can no longer stop our voice.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

the Nat Turner movie never made it anywhere because it showed slaves revolting. I understand why my god brother Puff calls his network revolt.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

if this was 148 years ago I would have been more like Harriet or Nat

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

the universe has a plan. I knew that TMZ would be awesome.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

we are programmed to always talk and fight race issues. We need to update our conversation.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

the reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

in school we need to learn how magic Johnson built his business not always about the past. Matter fact I’ve never even heard of a high school class that presents future ideas

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018

when the media masses and scholars talk about what started today. Here’s a title …

the overground hell road

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 2, 2018

I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves. – Harriet Tubman

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 2, 2018

Despite receiving massive backlash, Ye has received ample support from conservative news show “Fox & Friends” following yesterday’s slavery comments.

“He came out and says slavery was a choice and then he went ahead and clarified on Twitter because it caused outrage — obviously — with that statement,” said co-host Brian Kilmeade before explaining what the rapper really meant. “He said to think about 400 years ago and be in that mindset today is a choice. Get out of that mindset and think about now,” said Kilmeade. “Lives in Hollywood. Getting a lot of backlash from the Hollywood folks out there. Many people out there. Liberal. They don’t like him. So for him to speak up, good for him. He’s tripling down,” said fellow co-host Ainsley Earhardt. (The Wrap)

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