Ye Addresses “White Lives Matter” Shirt In Fox News Interview
As the fashion world continues to reel after the highly controversial YEEZY SEASON 9 collection presentation at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023, Ye has now sat down with Fox News to discuss his now infamous “White Lives Matter” T-shirt. During an exclusive interview with Tucker Carlson, the divisive creative furthered his view on the matter sharing that he thought the “idea of me wearing it was funny” and that he liked the message “because they do.”
Kicking off the interview held at the YEEZY office in Los Angeles, Carlson asks Ye about the YEEZY SEASON 9 lanyard he’s wearing. “It’s a photograph of a baby’s ultrasound…It just represents life. I’m pro-life,” in line with right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who was pictured with Ye wearing the “White Lives Matter” T-shirts.
“I don’t care about people’s response,” Ye continued. “I care about the fact that there are more Black babies being aborted than born in New York City at this point. That 50 percent of Black death in America is abortion. So I really don’t care about people’s response. I perform for an audience of one and that is God.”
Carlson then went on to ask Ye about his rationale for the “White Lives Matter” shirt. “I do certain things from a feeling. I just channel the energy. It just feels right. It’s using a gut instinct, a connection with God, and just brilliance,” said Ye before sharing his father’s thoughts on the situation.
“My dad is an educated ex-Black Panther and he put a text to me today. He said, ‘White Lives Matter hahaha.’ And I said I thought the shirt was a funny shirt. I thought the idea of me 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.’”
Going on to clarify his opinion, “Yeah, that was my favorite response because I kept thinking like people are looking for an explanation. And people say as an artist, you don’t have to give an explanation. But as a leader you do.” “So the answer to why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on a shirt is because they do. It’s the obvious thing.”
Catch Ye’s interview with Tucker Carlson
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