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Kanye West Sparks Firestorm by Rolling Out ‘White Lives Matter’ Shirt at Surprise Event

Kanye West lit a fuse Monday with what he wore as he staged a Yeezy fashion show Monday during Paris Fashion Week. The enigmatic rapper appeared in a hoodie with “White Lives Matter” emblazoned on the back. West and conservative commentator Candace Owens were also seen in shirts that matched the hoodie, with an image of Pope John Paul II on the front. During the show, some models also wore shirts with “White Lives Matter” on the back. The New York Times’ headline for its fashion review of the show vented outrage: “There Is No Excuse for Ye’s ‘White Lives Matter’ Shirt.” Over at The Cut, the show was called “harmful.” Many on social media were also outraged, with some calling West’s actions “dangerous.” Not that excuses were made. [firefly_poll] “I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader,” the rapper said at one point, citing the new legal name he has adopted, according to the New York Post’s Page Six. “You can’t manage me.” When he was asked for an explanation after the show, his reply was, “It says it all,” according to the Times. West followed that up with a post on Instagram Stories that read:

Everyone knows that
Black Lives Matter was a scam
Now its over
You’re welcome.

“There’s just people. From the same planet. And sometimes, in high school, it feels like we don’t fit in. And in a situation like this, we have the opportunity to come together to express who we are,” West said before the show, according to Vogue. “It’s leaning into the shape of how I see this future world … this alternate world. But in high school. It’s focused on curriculum because both my parents are educators,” he said. At the fashion media website HighSnobiety, Jake Silbert wrote, “I’m going to chalk this up to headline-baiting behavior in the vein of Ye’s MAGA hat and glittery sandals. I mean, this kind of shock value behavior dates back to the days of YEEZUS, when he was wearing confederate flags.” Silbert had one quote he liked from West: “Bernard Arnault is my new Drake.” Arnault is the CEO of the conglomerate that owns Lous Vuitton and other top-name fashion brands. Mentioning his name with Drake, a performer with whom West had a contentious relationship, could mean West wants to take on Arnault, noted the website Footwear News. “Quiet a spectacle, though you could argue that the clothes paled in comparison to the rant — and T-shirt — that preceded them,” Silbert wrote. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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