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Ye Flaunts “White Lives Matter” Shirt And Responds To Critics



Ye "White Lives Matter" Slogan Purchase Possible?
Ye. Image source: Stéphane Cardinale, Corbis, Getty Images.

Ye’s list of racial controversies continues to grow, this time during Paris Fashion Week. During his Season 9 YEEZY Show, The “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” rapper and Black conservative provocateur Candace Owens appeared together. Both wore tees that read “White Lives Matter.” 

Before the show kicked off, Ye told viewers, “Everyone here knows…I am the leader…you can’t manage me. This is an unmanageable situation.” 

Ye then alluded to his wife’s traumatic 2016 robbery, the beef with The Gap, and controversial music manager Scooter Braun. His daughter performed in the show with an accompanying children’s choir.

West’s Response To The “White Lives Matter” Shirt Backlash

Fans and critics caught wind of the controversial display and gave their opinions via social media. Ye responded via Instagram. 

On Monday, he said, “Here’s my latest response when people ask me why I made a tee that says white lives matter… THEY DO.” And, of course, this didn’t stop the criticism.



A Brief History Of Sketchy Statements And Actions

Some may be shocked, but this aligns with Ye’s other race-related controversies. Four years ago, he implied slavery was a choice. And though he attempted to clear it up, the artist eventually only worsened things. Over the years, the rapper has openly endorsed Donald Trump, married into a family notorious for cultural appropriation, and slut-shamed his ex, Amber Rose. Kanye has also burned bridges with the Obamas, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Kid Cudi. 

In the last year, Ye also faced much backlash for publically harassing ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her then-boyfriend, Pete Davidson. While Ye will always have fans considering his musical prowess, the rapper also makes permanent enemies. This likely won’t affect his riches or fame, but based on the reaction to his antics, it’s becoming harder and harder for fans to defend him.

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