Kanye Westthe supporters of have supported the rapper through near-constant storms of controversy and problematic behavior — from the relentless taunting his ex-wife to call slavery a choice and everything else. Needless to say, they learned to choose their battles. But after West launched a “White Lives Matter” long sleeve shirt during a showcase for his new Yeezy line at a YZY SZN 9 presentation in Paris, his friends from the fashion world have sided against him. Now even Sean”DidiCombs has decided this is a fight he’s willing to talk about – because it goes way beyond fashion.
“I’m not about to address all the latest things happening in the world on the internet, but the thing I need to address is this ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt,” Diddy said in a recent video. Instagram. “I’ve always been there and will always support my brother Kanye as a free thinker. But the ‘white lives matter’ t-shirt, I don’t rock with it, you know what I mean? I’m not d ‘OK.
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West debuted the jersey alongside participating guests including conservative pundit Candace Owens and Lauryn Hill’s daughter Selah Marley, granddaughter of Bob Marley. Diddy originally addressed the antics during an appearance on The breakfast club, saying that as a free thinker, the rapper’s actions are often misinterpreted. But in his final post, the music mogul clarified his opinion, sharing his grievances before the joke went any further.
“As of now, all America has planned for us is poverty, incarceration and death,” Diddy added. “So before I can get to any other lives that matter – all lives of which matter – but that Black Lives Matter, don’t mess with it. Don’t wear the shirt. Don’t buy the shirt. Don’t play with the shirt. This is not a joke.”
It had been on his mind for a few days, having shared during his breakfast club appearance that he needed time to “get over that t-shirt”. He added: “Because right now we are the ones dying. There really is no time because no other lives matter right now except the tribe. You must be shamelessly black and love your people and love your tribe first.
Fashion perspective aside (Diddy previously released his own clothing line under the Sean John brand), Diddy and West go a long way. In June, West made a surprise appearance at the BET Awards to pay tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award-winning Diddy, calling him his “favorite artist” and crediting him for inspiring “so many” of his life choices. .
Despite the wave of criticism he received, West double on his decision to launch the offensive t-shirt. Just last night, he apparently bragged that his shirt was the most hyped of all fashion week events. “Nothing happened except my t-shirt,” he wrote. “Remember my one t-shirt got all the attention.”
One thing he has yet to address, though? Accusations of emerging creators claiming that after meeting with Kanye and his team, their job was lifted without their knowledge.
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