Issa Rae slams Kanye West for his slavery comments in front of Kim Kardashian at CFDA Awards

Issa Rae is making it clear that she's not Team Kanye West.

The Insecure star hosted the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City on Monday, and during her monologue, she mocked the 40-year-old rapper -- right in front of his wife, Kim Kardashian West, who received the fashion council's first-ever Influencer Award.

"I'm about as fashionable as Kanye is black," she said during the ceremony, according to USA Today. "Only when it's convenient. That joke was my choice, just like slavery."

The Los Angeles native was referencing the comments Kanye made during his interview with TMZ last month, where he implied that slavery was "a choice" for African-Americans.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Issa Rae attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Issa Rae speaks onstage during the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Issa Rae speaks onstage during the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Actor Issa Rae (L) and Actor Yvonne Orji speak onstage at Insecure FYC at Television Academy on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Filmmaker Issa Rae attends The 77th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Peabody )
Issa Rae arrives for the 2018 Met Gala on May 7, 2018, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. - The Gala raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute. The Gala's 2018 theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Issa Rae attends Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala after party at the Standard Hotel on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 10: Issa Rae is seen at the Veuve Clicquot Fourth Annual Clicquot Carnaval Supporting the Perez Art Museum Miami at Museum Park on March 10, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07: <> at The Art of Elysium Center on March 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Issa Rae attends the IMDb LIVE Viewing Party on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Issa Rae arrives at the Premiere Of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Issa Rae attends the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 25, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Issa Rae speaks onstage during the 8th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Guild of Music Supervisors )
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actress Issa Rae attends the 8th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awards at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: Actor Issa Rae attends the 2018 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at NOMADIC LIVE! at The Armory on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for DirecTV)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Issa Rae attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actor Issa Rae attends the 'Power Women's Cocktail' with Autograph Collection Hotels, the Black List and Sundance Institute & Diversity Initiative during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Autograph Collection Hotels)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Issa Rae attends Twitter and ARRAYs #HereWeAre brunch at the #TwitterLodge during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Twitter)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 19: Actress Issa Rae attends the Power Of Story Panel: Culture Shift during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Egyptian Theatre on January 19, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 18: Actress Issa Rae attends An Artist at the Table Cocktail Reception and Dinner during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival at DeJoria Center on January 18, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 15: Issa Rae attends the 49th NAACP Image Awards - Arrivals at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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"You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice," he said at the time. "You were there for 400 years and it was all of y'all? It’s like we're meant to be in prison. I like the word 'prison' because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks… prison is something that unites us as one race."

West later clarified his remarks via Twitter, writing, "To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will. 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."

"The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can't be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years," he continued in a series of tweets. "We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought It was just an idea. Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas."

Issa also made a bold statement earlier in the night, walking the red carpet in a custom off-the-shoulder ensemble created by Pyer Moss that featured a controversial belt. The accessory was emblazoned with the words, "Every N**** Is a Star," lyrics from Boris Gardiner that were a part of the Oscar-winning Moonlight soundtrack.

While Issa later roasted Kanye, she had nothing but great things to say about Kim while chatting with ET ahead of the awards show.

"I mean, there's no doubt that Kim K has influenced an entire fashion industry, an entire generation of women," she told ET's Nischelle Turner on the red carpet. "And [Icon Award recipient] Naomi Campbell is a legend in her own right. You know, to grow up and see her as a young, dark skin girl. To see her on runways, to her killing it in spreads... she made me feel like, 'Wow, maybe I could.'" 

"Everyone looks amazing," she added. "It's an honor to be here."

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In addition to being one of the standout stars at the CFDA Fashion Awards, Issa is also turning heads in the July issue of Cosmopolitan, where she opens up about why appearances are so personal.

"I'm going to look how I want to look -- it's going to be on my own terms," she explains. "If people criticize my look, it really does not matter to me. It's about how I feel."

"Confidence comes from knowing your s**t is good," she continues. "I'm for sure confident when it comes to work and trying to fulfill my dreams. Socially, the confidence has teetered, but that's growing as I'm coming into who I am."

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