A Timeline of the Consequences Kanye West Has Faced for His ‘WLM’ Shirts & Antisemitic Hate Speech
It all began after he wore “White Lives Matter” shirts to Paris Fashion Week.
Kanye West is facing very public reckoning. The “Hurricane” rapper made headlines at his Yeezy Paris Fashion Week show on Oct. 3 for wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase “White Lives Matter” on its back, and featuring Black models in the shirt. The phrase is one that was adopted by neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and the rapper has been facing backlash from both fans and celebrities online.
Ye continued to spread hate speech in interviews and has increased his comments on Instagram. The public’s reaction was swift. Many companies, including The Gap and Balenciaga, ended their brand and relationship with Ye.
Forbes has also reported that Ye has lost his billionaire status after Adidas announced Oct. 25 that it was dropping his due deal, and that the brand does not tolerate hate speech. The move, according to the publication, now puts Ye’s net worth at $400 million and resulted in his removal from Forbes‘ billionaires list.
Kanye West’s antisemitic comments have led to the destruction of brands and scrapped documentaries as well as airplay declines for his music catalog.
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