“Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it’s over, pleases!”, This was Kanye West‘s comment after the latest controversy he aroused.
The singer Kanye West arrived at Paris fashion week on October 3 to surprise his new brand, Yeezy, and was shown wearing a T-shirt with the words “White Lives Matter.”
The shirt, which had a photo of Pope John Paul II on the front, was worn by the models on the catwalk, by Ye, as he now calls himself West, and by conservative commentator Candace Owens, host of the show.
The rapper Kanye West confirms himself as the king of unlimited provocation.
He had announced that his goal was to “destroy the status quo of fashion” and once again managed to make people talk about himself, raising a fuss in the media.
As the Anti-Defamation League pointed out, “White Lives Matter” is a “white supremacist slogan that originated in early 2015 as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The phrase was also used by former President Donald Trump supporters, whom West has always defended.
“White lives matter” follows the slogan “Black lives matter,” “Black lives matter,” which became famous in 2020 for the protests following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
It is a symbol against police violence towards black people and against systemic racism in our society that West has overturned in a desecrating way, effectively making fun of the victims.
The lives of black people are at risk of racism, but still, many deny it.
Kanye West at Paris fashion week
The singer’s move caused a wave of criticism on social media from fans and celebrities from the fashion world, which, to date, is often considered too white and not very inclusive.
Actor, rapper, model, and stylist Jaden Smith, who was in the audience at Ye’s show, walked out when he saw the writing on the shirts commenting on “Black lives matter” on Twitter.
So did Lynette Nylander, editor of Dazed: “It doesn’t matter what the intention was … It’s the perception of the masses out of context,” she commented. The following day, at the Chanel show, even Edward Enninful, editor of British Vogue, called the shirt “inappropriate” and “insensitive, given the situation in the world.”
“Indefensible behavior,” wrote Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson on Instagram, “there is no excuse, there is no art here.” West responded by insulting her and publishing a post, later removed, with a black backdrop with words “This conveys war” on her.
Many, at that point, took the journalist’s side: “You would like to have even a percentage of her intelligence,” commented Gigi Hadid, defining rap as “a bully.”
As the New York Times points out, West seems to enjoy observing how far he can pull the rope regardless of fueling racist and entrenched violence behind his privilege, visibility, and, consequently, power.
The point is that there were personalities like Anna Wintour, John Galliano, Demna, Cédric Charbit, and Alexandre Arnault at the rapper’s show.
Even the online world seems to be anxiously waiting for West’s new header to be able to comment on it with disdain. But maybe we should start making it irrelevant.