Kanye Defends “White Lives Matter” Shirt During Tucker Interview; Says “Everyone knows BLM was a scam” – The Published Reporter®

Kanye West and Candace Owens wore “White Lives Matter” shirts at West’s Yeezy fashion show. The clothes were seen as a mockery of Black Lives Matter, a move West called a “scam” and told Fox’s Tucker Carlson, “Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam, now that it’s over, you’re welcome.” Image credit: Candace Owens/Twitter.

NEW YORK, NY — Rapper Kanye West — who now just goes by Ye, after legally changing his name to the word in August 2021 — appeared on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show Thursday, and the extended interview saw the troubled and charismatic star are controversial “White Life Matters” shirt he wore to his fashion show in Paris.

West, 45, was criticized Monday for wearing a black long-sleeved shirt that read: “White Life Matters” on it, which some considered a parody of the Black Lives Matter movement. On Tuesday, amid the backlash, West confirmed his stance via his Instagram Stories, posting: “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam, now that it’s over, you’re welcome.”

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But when Carlson asked Thursday why he had the… “White Life Matters” shirt to his fashion show – some of the models at the event did too – West doubled down on his decision to do this and simply replied “they do.”

“They’re looking for an explanation… as an artist you don’t have to give an explanation, but as a leader you do,” he said. “So the answer to why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on a shirt is that they do. It’s an obvious thing.”


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The “Gold Digger” rapper – who seemed genuinely surprised by the anger he provoked – also admitted that the shirt also had a comedic element, saying that both he and his father discussed it. “hilarious” during a phone call.

“I do certain things out of a feeling. I just channel the energy, it just feels right. It uses an instinct, a connection to God and just genius,” he said. “I thought the shirt was a funny shirt. I thought the idea of ​​wearing it was funny. And I said, ‘Dad, why do you think it’s funny?’ And he said, ‘Just a black man saying the obvious.’”

Due to the controversy, sneaker manufacturer Adidas has announced that they are canceling their contract with West. have captured “under review.” The rapper originally signed the contract with Adidas in 2013 for the company to manufacture and distribute items from its Yeezy clothing and footwear line.

When Carlson asked why he thought his shirt had gotten so much negative publicity, the Anti-Defamation League stated “White Life Matters” like a “hate slogan” used by white supremacist groups – West replied that this was the work of “liberal nazis” and the media trying to force their views on others.

“Because the same people who stripped us of identity and labeled us as a color told us what it means to be black and the vernacular you should have,” he said. “If we saw ourselves as a people and not a race, we would treat our people better.”

West also spoke of his past support for former President Donald Trump — with the rapper even wearing a MAGA hat while meeting him at the White House in 2018 — which he said caused him significant personal hardship when friends and associates turned against him. turned.

“My so-called friends/handlers around me told me that if I said I liked Trump, my career would be over. That my life would be over,” he said. “They said things like, ‘People get killed if they wear a hat like that.’ They threatened my life. They basically said I would be killed for wearing the hat.”

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