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26th Oct 2022

Madame Tussauds removes Kanye West wax work from public view

Madame Tussauds removes Kanye West wax work from public view

The museum says it has ‘retired’ the figure

Madame Tussauds has decided to remove its wax work of Kanye West from public view.

The model of the US rapper, who has legally changed his name to Ye, has been moved to an archive by the museum.

The figurine was originally launched in the museum in 2015 alongside a waxwork of his then wife Kim Kardashian, the Guardian reports.

A spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds London shared: “Ye’s figure has been retired from the attraction floor to our archive.”

She continued to the PA news agency: “Each profile earns their place at Madame Tussauds London and we listen to our guests and the public on who they expect to see at the attraction.”

It follows several companies deciding to cut ties with the rapper due to antisemitic comments he made on social media and weeks of controversy.

On Tuesday, he was dropped by Adidas following antisemitic remarks he made on social media.

In a statement, the company said it does not “tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech” and said Ye’s recent actions had been “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous”.

The brand said his actions also “violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness”.

After a thorough review, the statement said, the company will end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies.

It’s estimated that the move has caused Ye to lose more than $1.5bn.

In recent weeks, the ‘Runaway’ hitmaker has also been sued by George Floyd’s family for claims he made in an interview about Floyd’s death, and wore a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt alongside Candace Owens at Paris Fashion Week.

He also made a number of bizarre and outrageous claims in an interview with Fox News, and decided to show porn to Adidas executives in a meeting.

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