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10/07/2018 12:42 am ET Updated Oct 07, 2018

Kanye West Goes Twitter Silent, Shuts Down Account

His Instagram account also goes dead after the rapper's flurry of controversial comments and odd behavior.

Rapper Kanye West has deactivated his Twitter and Instagram accounts after a deluge of criticism for tweeting that the constitutional amendment banishing slavery should be abolished.

West, 41, also shut down his Twitter account last year for several months, but he was back tweeting in the spring.

Since then, he has been blasted on social media for his support of President Donald Trump and for his unusual statements about slavery.

“There’s nothing more maddening than debating someone who doesn’t know history, doesn’t read books, and frames their myopia as virtue,” “Captain America” actor Chris Evans recently complained on Twitter in a reference to West.

Earlier this year, Twitter erupted when West told TMZ that slavery was a “choice.”

Last week, after his controversial appearance on Sept. 30′s “Saturday Night Live” season premiere, he suggested abolishing the 13th Amendment, adding: “Message sent with love.” But he later tweeted: “The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended,” adding: “not abolish but let’s amend the 13th Amendment.” 

The amendment, adopted in 1865 in the aftermath of the Civil War, abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.

In explaining what he thought needed to be fixed, he said the amendment’s wording “translates to in order to make a freed man a slave all you have to do is convict them of a crime.”

West, who has discussed his struggle with bipolar disorder, also last week jumped on a table in a classroom at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and defended Tesla CEO Elon Musk. “Leave that man the fuck alone,” he said.

The bizarre antics followed West’s performance on stage after the end of the “SNL” premiere. West wore a MAGA hat, praised Trump and said that the “Democratic plan” is to “take the [black] fathers out of the home and put them on welfare.” Many in the audience booed.

Just before his “SNL” performance, West took on a new persona, declaring that from now on he would be known as “YE.” He announced on his Twitter account: “The being formerly known as Kanye West I am YE.” But that tweet no longer exists.

West was slated to drop his new album “Yandhi” the end of September. But he now plans to travel to Africa in the coming weeks to record more music, he told TMZ.

West revealed in an interview in June that he received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at the age of 39. He called it a “super power.”

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