Kanye West Ignites Social Media Storm by Wearing ‘White Lives Matter’ Shirt

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Kanye West is at it again. This time, the rapper made a controversial fashion statement at his Yeezy runway show by wearing a “White Lives Matter” sweatshirt.

The hip-hop mogul stunned onlookers on Monday in Paris, when he walked in dressed in a black shirt with the slogan splashed across the back.

The phrase was started by white supremacists in response to the Black Lives Matter social justice movement after the 2014 police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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West was joined at the fashion show by conservative commentator Candace Owens, who sported a white version of the shirt with the same phrase written on it. Owens and others posted pictures of the shirts on social media sparking backlash.

“Kanye West doesn’t care about Black people,” tweeted pastor and activist Bishop Talbert Swan

“So many folks are trying to excuse Kanye wearing a white lives matter t-shirt as just a troll move or marketing. Maybe it is. But it’s a dangerously dumb message to send for someone with his massive platform. I been off dude. But y’all go ahead labeling his foolishness as genius,” sportscaster and social media commentator Jemele Hill wrote on Twitter.

“Kanye is what happens when negroes don’t read. Also there is not a question in this country about the value of white lives. Y’all have a great Monday,” tweeted CNN contributor Bakari Sellers, who included a dig about West’s recent admission that he never reads books.

Kanye is no stranger to stirring the pot. In 2018, he upset and alienated his fans by saying in an interview with TMZ that slavery was a “choice.”

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all?” he said.

After facing anger, West apologized for the comments during an interview with a Chicago radio station.