Fashion, Trends

Kanye West is Trending for all the wrong reasons

At this point, there are no words.

words by: Kayla Carmicheal
Oct 4, 2022

For the past few days, Kanye West has been trending, but for all the wrong reasons. If you’re trying to keep up with what he’s doing now, we’ve got you. Let’s start with Fashion Week.

 

Kanye says “White Lives Matter”

In Paris, Kanye, who opened Balenciaga’s “Mud” show, had a show of his own on Monday, for “YZY SZN 9.” Those not in attendance could live-stream the show on YouTube, which included a performance from Ye’s Sunday School choir.

 

Ye introduced the show by appearing in a long-sleeve black shirt with “White Lives Matter,” an actual white supremacist hate slogan, printed on the back in large white lettering. An image of Pope John Paul II, accompanied by the Spanish phrase “Seguiremos tu ejemplo,” (“We will follow your example”) appears on the front. The famously conservative Candice Owens posted a photo of the two of them on Twitter, her wearing the shirt in white.

 

 

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Many models wore the shirt in the show — with the slogan of Neo-Nazi rallies that have been sparking up around the country, most notably at peaceful BLM protests and Pride parades.

 

Of course, his disgusting behavior was automatically called out. Jaden Smith, who left the show early, tweeted, “I Can’t Stand Behind What Kanye’s Saying, He Does Not Have The Full Support Of The Youth,” later adding “Black Lives Matter.” Boosie also tweeted, calling the shirt disrespectful and using the hashtag, “#Kanyewestdoesntlikeblackpeople.”

 

 

Further cementing his thought process, he posted on his IG stories, “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it’s over. You’re welcome.”

 

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Vogue contributing editor and stylist, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, posted that the collection was “pure violence,” adding, “There is no excuse, there is no art here…I do think if you asked Kanye, he’d say there was art, and revolution, and all of those things in that t-shirt. There isn’t.”

 

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Kanye responded by denouncing Karefa-Johnson’s personal style, earning some support from fans, but backlash from others — including ex-girlfriend Julia Fox and supermodel Gigi Hadid. She commented on one of his posts, “You wish you had a percentage of her intellect…You’re a bully and a joke.”

 

Of the collection, Ye told Vogue that the point was to show “that there is no one who is not welcome at YZY, at Donda.” He then explained that his ties with Gap were severed because “they took our color palette and made a shape that was appropriate to what I think someone in the office thought was at the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. And I felt that was civil rights.”

 

To further explain, he brought up the famous 2009 PFW photo of him and friends outside of the Comme des Garçons show: Don C, Taz Arnold, Chris Julian, Fonzworth Bentley, and Virgil Abloh. Abloh was seemingly heavy on Ye’s mind, because he didn’t stop there.

 

Ye on Virgil Abloh

After the BLM story, he posted on his main feed his choice words about the CEO of LVMH. “Bernard Arnault killed my best friend.” Denim Tears founder and Supreme CD, Tremaine Emory, responded to this extremely disrespectful behavior on his own IG, noting:

 

“Ye tell the ppl why you didn’t get invited to Virgil’s actual funeral the one before the public one at the museum…You knew Virgil had terminal cancer and you rode on him in group chats, at yeezy, interviews…YOU ARE SO BROKEN. KEEP VIRGIL NAME OUT YOUR MOUTH.”

 

 

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Using the memory of Virgil Abloh to fuel his hate speech is extremely uncalled for, not to mention disrespectful. Kanye has never been silent about his support of White supremacists and conservative values. He notes that his purpose is civil rights, but the perception of his designs, the meaning of his speech, are the exact opposite. There is no way that using a racist slogan that targets underrepresented communities is a show of support of equality. It’s wrong, it’s performative, and it’s nasty. And when he is criticized, he attacks, as we’ve seen.

 

It begs us to continue questioning the legitimacy of his Donda Academy as well, which is shrouded in mystery.

 

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