Kanye West knows how to draw all attention to himself in an instant. He only needs to make one post to become the talk of the town for the entire week. Kanye recently posted ‘White Lives Matter,’ which drew a lot of criticism, and he has now responded.
Kanye West has responded to the backlash he received for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt during his Yeezy Season 9 fashion show in Paris, France. On Monday, October 3, the Chicago rap legend ignited anger by wearing a long-sleeve tee with the controversial statement while unveiling his latest Yeezy collection during Paris Fashion Week. Kanye posed for a photo with Candace Owens, adding fuel to the fire.
Candace is the rightwing political pundit he’s aligned himself with in recent years in matching “White Lives Matter” shirts, which featured an image of Pope John Paul II on the front. Several models, including Lauryn Hill’s 18-year-old daughter Selah Marley, strolled the runway wearing the shirt. The Anti-Defamation League considers “White Lives Matter” to be a “hate slogan” used by white supremacists in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in 2020, it picked up steam. None of this seemed to bother Kanye, who responded to the controversy on his Instagram Stories early Tuesday with an unapologetic comment. “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam,” he wrote, referencing the multi-million dollar financial scandals that have plagued the organization.
Now its over[.] You’re welcome.
Kanye received harsh criticism for his “White Lives Matter” shirt from a number of artists and personalities, including Jaden Smith, Boosie Badazz, and Marc Lamont Hill. “I Had To Dip Lol,” tweeted Smith after leaving the Yeezy Season 9 show in protest.
True Leaders Lead. I Don’t Care Who’s It Is If I Don’t Feel The Message I’m Out. Black Lives Matter. We Demand A More Progressive Future.
“@kanyewest AFTER ALL WE BEEN THROUGH AS A RACE YOU PUT THIS DISRESPECTFUL SH*T ON!!” Boosie fumed on Twitter.
U GIVES NO F*CKS ABOUT HOW BLACKS HAVE DIED N SUFFERED TO THE HANDS OF THE WHITE MAN N U SAY BUSH DON’T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE… REALLY N-GGA.
Hill wrote: “Kanye West decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is disgusting, dangerous, and irresponsible. Some of y’all will rush to defend him. You should ask yourselves why.” Jason Lee, the founder-CEO of Hollywood Unlocked who was appointed West’s head of media and partnerships in March, has declared that he no longer works with the billionaire rapper.
“Very humble and thankful to Ye for the opportunity to work with him but that part of our relationship has come to an end,” he wrote next to the aforementioned photo of Kanye and Candace Owens on his Instagram Stories. “And I don’t support this.” During a remarkable appearance on TMZ Live in 2018, the rap mogul suggested that slavery was a “choice.”
Van Lathan, a Black TMZ employee, reacted angrily to Kanye’s statements, lecturing him on his ignorance and insensitivity. Kanye didn’t seem to have learned anything from it. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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