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Kanye West explains why 'White Lives Matter'

The musician is perplexed by the negative feedback he's received for his YZY Season Nine collection, according to reports

Rapper Kanye West (in black hoodie) during the Givenchy Spring-Summer 2023 fashion show during the Paris Womenswear Fashion Week on 2 October. (AFP)

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Kanye West recently raised many eyebrows by wearing a T-shirt that had "White Lives Matter" written on it.

After facing backlash from many, West has now issued a statement defending his 'White Lives Matter' T-shirt.

West took to Instagram to share a photo fo a black T-shirt and wrote "Here's my latest response when people ask me why I made a tee that says white lives matter... THEY DO".

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According to Page Six, West is perplexed by the negative feedback his YZY Season Nine collection received.

"He thinks it's a PC thing," said an insider to Page Six. "He wants to give a voice to the 'other side' (of the race debate in America)." They added, "He doesn't understand why people aren't seeing that."

Page Six reports that front-row guest Jaden Smith left the show immediately when he saw the designs. Later, West was criticised by many journalists, public figures, and activists.

West also brutally ridiculed Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson's sense of fashion for disliking his harshly condemned merchandise.

Later, Gigi Hadid came in support of Karefa-Johnson and came down heavily on West in his Instagram post's comment section. Hadid wrote, "You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha...If there's actually a point to any of your s-t she might be the only person that could save u".

Later, Vogue ultimately came in support of the employee and issued a statement.

"Vogue stands with Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, our global fashion editor at large and longtime contributor. She was personally targeted and bullied. It is unacceptable," the magazine wrote in an Instagram post.

"Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed and in a private meeting with Ye today she once again spoke her truth in a way she felt best, on her terms," the magazine added.

Before the posts mentioned above, West took to Instagram and wrote, "Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam now it's over you're welcome."  

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