Kanye West Wore A "White Lives Matter" Shirt During The Yeezy Fashion Show

    "It’s a dangerously dumb message to send for someone with his massive platform."

    As we all know, Kanye West is no stranger to controversy.

    If you recall, the musician turned fashion designer made headlines in 2018 when he vocally supported the controversial former President Donald Trump.

    Kanye at the White House with Trump, Jared Kushner, and Ivanka

    He also faced backlash in 2018 after he said that slavery was "a choice" during an appearance on TMZ. He was confronted by former TMZ correspondent Van Lathan, who said, "We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said was a choice. Frankly, I'm disappointed; I'm appalled."

    TMZ's Van Lathan talking

    Kanye shortly after apologized. "I'm sorry for people who felt let down by that moment, and also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through and what led me to that," Kanye said during an interview with 107.5 WGCI radio.

    Kanye West leaving a building

    Well, the 45-year-old caused another controversy Monday in Paris when he debuted the ninth season of his Yeezy collection and wore a "White Lives Matter" shirt:

    Kanye West wearing the White Lives Matter shirt

    The phrase "White Lives Matter" is problematic because it was born out of a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    protestors holding signs

    According to the ACLU, the BLM movement, which began in 2013, is a culmination of the work of several organizations — including the Black Youth Project 100, the Dream Defenders, Assata’s Daughters, the St. Louis Action council, Millennial Activists United, and the Organization for Black Struggle, and more Black organizations.

    The movement itself has accomplished several things. For example, it led to the creation of four reports in 2014 that exposed widespread police corruption in Baltimore, Chicago, Ferguson, and Cleveland.

    Additionally, the movement established an agenda with the goals of ending the war on Black people, reparations, divestment, economic justice, and community control of law. The movement also helped influence the conversation regarding the abolition of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

    And because of this, the response of "White Lives Matter" — and Kanye wearing the slogan — is even more problematic. Thus, people were disappointed.

    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.

    Twitter: @jemelehill

    Seeing Ye and Candace both in that shirt hurts my soul. Whatever nuance there was as part of his fashion show pales in comparison to seeing someone who is so politically destructive and reprehensible standing there with Ye, emblazoned with that phrase.

    Twitter: @KanyePodcast

    Every three months Kanye SHOWS y’all and TELLS y’all he doesn’t care about the black community and yet and still y’all be right there at Sunday Service buying every GI Joe boot and every piece of raggedy fabric he drops. SAD

    Twitter: @MediumSizeMeech

    Kanye West after Hurricane Katrina: “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” Kanye West after he married Kim Kardashian and became a Trump-supporting Republican: “White Lives Matter” 🤦🏾‍♂️

    Twitter: @keithboykin

    Kanye has not commented on the backlash, but we will update you if he does.