Black lives matter, Kanye West and a shirt: The controversy explained

Published on Oct 07, 2022 11:05 AM IST

Kanye West's White live matter controversy: Kanye Ye shared an Instagram story which has since been deleted saying, "Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam.

Black Lives Matter: Candace Owens posted a photo of her and Kanye West wearing "White Lives Matter" shirts.(Twitter)
Black Lives Matter: Candace Owens posted a photo of her and Kanye West wearing "White Lives Matter" shirts.(Twitter)

Not one to shy from controversies, Kanye West is at it, again. Debuting a “White Lives Matter” shirt at his Yeezy fashion show in Paris, the American rapper discredited the Black lives matter movement as a “scam”. That's not where he stopped. Kanye West also claimed credit for moving the debate away from the Black lives movement and onto himself.

Ye- as the rapper calls himself- shared an Instagram story which has since been deleted saying, "Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it's over. You're welcome."

Will Smith's son Jaden Smith reportedly left the event due to the post. In a series of tweets, Jaden Smith wrote, "I Had To Dip Lol. I Don’t Care Who It Is If I Don’t Feel The Message I’m Out. Black Lives Matter. (sic)"

A day before the fashion show, Kanye West had posed with conservative commentator Candace Owens in the long-sleeve “White lives matter” shirts sparking immediate backlash.

This is not the first time that Kanye West stirred a controversy owing to his comments on the African American community. In 2018, the 45-year-old had said in an interview that slavery was a “choice”.

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