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04th Oct 2022

Kanye West slams Black Lives Matter movement in scathing Instagram post

Steve Hopkins

Kanye West slams Black Lives Matter

Kanye has just dug a bigger hole for himself

Fresh from sparking outrage at Paris Fashion Week by wearing a top emblazoned with ‘White Lives Matter’, Kanye West has seemingly tried to defend himself – and as he tends to do, dug a bigger hole – by slagging off the Black Lives Matter movement.

Writing on Instagram stories on Tuesday, Ye slammed the global cause aimed at addressing the violence and injustice levelled at Black people.

The Donda rapper, who has almost 18 million followers on the platform, wrote: “Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it’s over. You’re welcome.”

BLM was founded in 2013 following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in the US, and gained global attention in the months after the unlawfully killed of George Floyd by police in 2020.

While the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and slogan serve as reminders that inequality still exists, the 45-year-old horrified fans on Monday when he turned up to his Yeezy season nine show on Monday with the White Lives Matter top.

The top, which featured the Pope on the front, was slammed as “disgusting, dangerous, and irresponsible”.

Several runway models also wore shirts with the ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan written across the back, as well as controversial US commentator Candace Owens who was spotted at the event.

The slogan has been championed by white supremacists and people wanting to challenge the legitimacy of the Black Lives Movement.
Ye’s latest stunt reminded some on social media of his visit to the White House in 2018, while wearing a pro-Trump MAGA hat.
The rapper also stirred controversy in 2013 when he wore a jacket adorned with the Confederate flag, which is widely seen as a symbol of oppression for African Americans.

According to Page Six, Ye also spoke at his show about about his recent split from Gap and Adidas saying: “I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader.

“You can’t manage me.” It is not clear if Kanye was making a political statement… but he sure as hell has made a fashion statement, that’s for sure.

Speaking to Vogue about his vision before the show, West said: “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.”

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