Kanye West defended his controversy “White Lives Matter” T-Shirts in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
“Here’s my last response when people ask me why I made a t-shirt that says white lives matter…THEY DO,” the rapper, 45, captioned a photo of a black, long-sleeved version of the garment spread out on the floor.
Conservative media personality Candace Owens – who posed in one of the shirts during West’s presentation at Paris Fashion Week, where he debuted them – left a series of crying laughing emojis in the comments section.
Sources close to West told Page Six this week that the hip-hop star turned fashion designer is baffled by the backlash that her YZY Season Nine collection received.
“He thinks it’s a PC thing,” an insider said. “He wants to give a voice to ‘the other side’ [of the race debate in America].” They added, “He doesn’t understand why people don’t see this.”
Front row guest Jaden Smith left the show immediately when he saw the drawings. West was subsequently criticized by a phalanx of journalists, activists and public figures.
Model Gigi Hadid is one of its most notable detractors. She blasted West while defending Vogue editor-in-chief Gabriella Karefa-Johnson in an impassioned comment on Instagram.
He had cruelly mocked Karefa-Johnson’s style choices for not endorsing his widely condemned merchandise.
“You would like to have a percentage of his intellect. You have no idea haha… If there’s really interest in any of your stuff, she might be the only person who can save you. Hadid, 27, wrote under a shared West post.
Vogue finally shared a statement in support of their employee.
“Vogue stands with Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, our global fashion editor at large and longtime contributor. She has been personally targeted and bullied. This is unacceptable,” the magazine wrote in an Instagram post from Tuesday.
“Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed and in a private meeting with Ye today, she once again spoke her truth in a way she felt best on her terms.”
According to the New York Timesthe Anti-Defamation League called the phrase “White Lives Matter” – which was coined in response to the Black Lives Matter movement – “hate speech and attributed [it] to white supremacists (including the Ku Klux Klan). »
Ahead of Wednesday’s post, West wrote on Instagram, “Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam now it’s over, you’re welcome.”