A few days after Kayne West and models for his new Yeezy line wore “White Lives Matter” t-shirts. at Paris Fashion Week, Ye appeared on the show where white lives matter: Fox News Tucker Carlson tonight.
“Everybody knows Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it’s all over. No way,” West wrote on Instagram on Monday.
Unsurprisingly, West found favor Thursday with Carlson, a constant supporter of Fox’s white nationalist ideology and a stated critic of the Black Lives Matter movement who often mix Black Lives Matter Nonprofit with any form of propaganda from people of color in an attempt to discredit the #BLM movement as a whole.
During the interview, West defended the use of the slogan “White Lives Matter” on his clothing, suggesting during a lengthy monologue that the idea for the shirts came from “instinct, a connection to God, and just plain brilliance” as opposed to what was to Tonya Harding when she landed a triple axel.
“The answer to why I put White Lives Matter on my shirt is because they do. It’s an obvious thing,” West said.
The interview, which took up the entire hour of Carlson’s primetime show, touched on a number of strange points, including attacks on West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian, Kushnerovand a potential presidential candidacy.
At one point, West criticized fans of his “good friend” Face and the body acceptance movement, describing it as “demonic” and part of an attempted “black genocide.”
Yeezy’s show was widely condemned by musicians and fashion industry figures. Fashion Editor Gabriela Carefa-Johnson called the shirts an “incredibly irresponsible and dangerous act,” taking the torch to the stunt in a scathing statement: “The t-shirts this man invented, made and shared with the world are pure violence. There is no excuse, there is no art here.’ Various celebrities invited to the show declined to attend, and some, including artist Jaden Smith and journalist Lynette Nylander, left the show.
The mother of Ahmaud Arberry, a black man killed by two white men in a racially motivated attack, condemned the actions of the West. The west was earlier donated $2 million to the families of Arbury, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. “This mocking of the Black Lives Matter movement and his now denunciation of the movement as some kind of hoax flies right in the face [of what he’s said,]Wanda Cooper-Jones said in a statement through her attorney. “As a result, his show ‘White Lives Matter’ became popular in the US, which directly supports and legitimizes extremist behavior, [much] like the behavior that took her son’s life.”