Kanye West defends ‘White Lives Matter’ shirts in Tucker Carlson interview

October 7, 2022 |
10:38am

Kanye West won’t back down.

The rapper, 45, joined Tucker Carlson for interview on Fox News Thursday night, and defended the controversial “White Lives Matter” T-shirts he showed on his Yeezy Season 9 runway during Paris Fashion Week Monday.

“They’re looking for an explanation — as an artist, you don’t have to give an explanation, but as a leader, you do,” West, who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021, said.

“So the answer to why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on a shirt is: They do. It’s an obvious thing.”

The phrase “White Lives Matter” has been classified as a “white supremacist phrase” by the Anti-Defamation League, and several fashion insiders in attendance walked out of Ye’s show upon seeing the shirts, including Jaden Smith.

After Vogue editor and stylist Gabriella-Karefa Johnson called the designs “deeply offensive, violent and dangerous,” West publicly ridiculed her personal style, prompting more in the industry — among them Gigi Hadid and Hailey Baldwin — to jump to her defense and criticize West.

West posed with controversial host Candace Owens, who matched his “White Lives Matter” shirt, at the fashion show.

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West gave a speech while wearing the shirt before the presentation.

Kanye West/YouTube

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However, sources told Page Six Style that Ye is baffled by the negative reaction to his collection and thinks it’s a “PC thing.”

In his interview with Carlson, he blamed “a group mob” of “liberal Nazis” with the backlash he’s received.

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“I do certain things from a feeling,” West said. “I just channel the energy, it just feels right. It’s using a gut instinct, a connection with God and just brilliance.”

Ye told Tucker Carlson that “a group mob” of “liberal Nazis” are behind the backlash.

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Ye told Tucker Carlson that “a group mob” of “liberal Nazis” are behind the backlash.

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Ye even said that his father, a former Black Panther, appreciated the tees.

“I thought the shirt was a funny shirt,” West said. “I thought the idea of wearing it was funny. And I said, ‘Dad, why do you think it’s funny?’ And he said, ‘Just a black man stating the obvious.’”

And despite his deal with Adidas being in jeopardy, West isn’t making any apologies and plans to continue wearing (and distributing) the shirts.

“I had someone call me last night and said, ‘Anybody wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is going to be green-lit.’ That means they are going to beat them up if they wear it,” he told Carlson.

“I’m like, you know, ‘Okay, green-light me, then.’”

Models wore the designs during the fashion show.
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