While offering his commentary on Kanye West, specifically the rapper’s speech at BET Honors, journalist/television personality Piers Morgan offered his praise to the Chicago lyricist.

As he concluded a story penned about Kanye for the Daily Mail, Morgan compared Kanye to famed boxer Muhammad Ali.

“He may get mocked, berated, abused and become the butt of talk show jokes when he frequently blows up,” Piers Morgan wrote. “But I’ve come to realize that he’s the Muhammad Ali of showbusiness: The single most fascinating, compelling, unpredictable, dangerous and uniquely talented star in the world.”

Before comparing Kanye to Muhammad Ali, Morgan spoke specifically on ‘Ye’s eight-minute long speech at BET Honors. He applauded the G.O.O.D. Music lyricist and stated that it took “real courage” to reference Harriet Tubman while speaking on people of color today being modern-day slaves.

“Harriet Tubman (the acclaimed civil rights campaigner who freed 70 families from slavery in the early 20th century) could have freed so many more if they had only known they weren’t free,” Kanye said during his speech, according to Morgan. “So don’t think if we can afford this custom-made suit, we are free. And don’t think that because we can buy a $300,000 car we are free. And don’t think that because if three percent of a gated community has colored people in it, that we’re free. It’s the slave mentality, where we all become slaves to that car, slaves to the perception, slaves to the idea of being cool.”

Kanye West was awarded with the Visionary award during this week’s BET Honors. Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO, Dame Dash, presented Kanye with the award.

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