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Kanye West defends ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt, calls Black Lives Matter a ‘scam’ – National


Kanye West is no stranger to voicing bold, contradictory views. However, attendees of his Yeezy Season 9 event at Paris Fashion Week on Monday were shocked to see the rapper wearing a shirt with the slogan “White Lives Matter” printed on it.

The shirt, worn by West (who changed his name to Ye in 2021) and several models on the catwalk, has an image of Pope John Paul II on the front, with the words “Seguiremos Tu Ejemplo,” which means is “We will follow you Example.”

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The international civil rights law organization Anti-Defamation League has defined “White Lives Matter” as “a phrase of white supremacy”. They claim the slogan emerged as “a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Ye wore this shirt in the opening speeches of the event. In the more than six-minute speech, Ye talked about his music career, his ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s Paris robbery in 2016, his high fashion sense, and his former manager Scooter Braun. (Ye insists Braun insists he “makes more money” and went on the 2016 Saint Pablo Tour, which was later cancelled.)

“You cannot manage me. This is an unmanageable situation,” Ye said. “You can’t turn the music down lower, this is God’s dream, a dream that couldn’t have happened without God’s help. Trip. Those who were early to believe. Those who sat in my car and listened to the first versions of Yeezus. “

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Candace Owens, a conservative political commentator, also wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt to the show.

The Yeezy Season 9 event was streamed live on YouTube. Outrage over the “White Lives Matter” shirt exploded on social media almost immediately.

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Jaden Smith, who was at the show, left shortly after seeing Ye’s shirt and posting “Black Lives Matter” on his social media account.

On Tuesday, Ye posted an Instagram story defending the shirt. On a black background with white text, Ye wrote, “Everybody knows that Black Lives Matter is a scam.”

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Ye has been criticized for his political fashion choices in the past, including when he wore a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat in a Saturday night live in 2018. Before that, he had endorsed Donald Trump several times and met the former president in the Oval Office that same year.

Former US President Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on October 11, 2018, in Washington, DC

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The Yeezy Season 9 event is Ye’s fourth fashion show to be held in Paris since his debut as a designer in 2011.

The Yeezy brand has since had a tumultuous period despite some success, when Ye terminated a two-year contract with Gap last month, claiming that the brand failed to meet its legal obligations. copper. Ye is also set to leave the corporate partnership with Adidas.

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