Kanye West has been making headlines for many reasons as of late. The rap legend recently said that looking at the homeless is a good source of design inspiration. Now, Kanye is defending what many have deemed a “trash bag” clothing display as his Yeezy Gap line hit stores around the country.
Ye popped up on FOX News Thursday in a quick interview from the Gap location in Times Square. When asked if he understood why some have criticized the clothing displays as insensitive to the homeless, Kanye explained that, “I’m an innovator, and I’m not here to sit up and apologize for my ideas. That’s exactly what the media tries to do: make us apologize for any idea that doesn’t fall under exactly the way they want us to think.”
As part of the same interview, he’s also clarified that these bags, as those who have seen the presentation in person have already noted, are not “trash bags” as some had posited. Later, Ye pointed out that his art is “not a joke,” pushing back against those who may try to lump YGEB in with the traditional celeb-focused endorsement model.
“This is not a joke, this is not a game, this is not just a celebrity collaboration … this is my life. I’m fighting for a position to be able to change clothing and bring the best design to the people.”
Regardless of what people may think of the displays, the clothing has still been widely popular, selling out in multiple locations. Ye’s interview comes after he named what he believes should be the “biggest inspiration for all design.” In the now deleted post, which arrived on the same day as his Game collab “Fortunate,” Ye said artists should look to children and people without housing for such inspiration.
Meanwhile, you can check out his whole exchange with Fox below. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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