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It all started with Ye’s “White Lives Matter” t-shirt – whose slogan was classified as “hate speech” by the Anti-Defamation League – on the back and an image of Pope John Paul II on the back. front. Ye herself wore the t-shirt, paired with guest Candace Owens, at his YZY 9 show during Paris Fashion Week, and this message sent editors leaving and others up voices protesting harmful phrases online.
“I’m fuming,” Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, stylist and Vogue contributing editor, on her Instagram Story along with a video of a Black model wearing a shirt on the runway. “The behavior could not be verified.” She expands on her thinking in subsequent Stories, writing a section that while she thinks she understands Ye’s intentions – “He thinks it’s duchampian” – she doesn’t think it works. . “He is trying to illustrate a future incestuous world where the white species may become extinct or at least be in danger enough to claim protection,” she wrote in a text message to a friend, Screenshot and shared on Instagram. “But the dangerous thing is, this very premise, the idea that white supremacy is endangered, is what justifies mass incarceration, mass murder, even the death of people. the life of slavery,” she continued in her message. Adding context to the messages on her stories, she calls the shirt “deeply offensive, violent and dangerous.”
Ye then began an undeniably bullying campaign against Gabriella Karefa-Johnson“By uploading three posts about Karefa-Johnson. In one post, which featured a photo of what appeared to be the stylist going out, showing off her style, Ye wrote, “This is not a fashion person. You talk about Ye Ima saying that’s what Ye Ima is.” about you Ask Trevor Noah.” Then he posted a close-up of her shoes and put them on VogueAnna Wintour’s, wrote, “I KNOW ANNA HAS THIS BOOK.” Wintour, incidentally, was at the YZY show and has yet to publicly comment on Ye’s behavior.
But Gigi Hadid does. She commented on one of his many posts, supporting Karefa-Johnson: “You wish you had one percent of her wisdom. You have no idea,” she wrote. “If it really has anything to do with your damn thing, she might be the only one who can save you. As if the ‘honour’ of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion..? Laugh out loud. You are a bully and a joker. Hadid also shared her support for Karefa-Johnson on her Instagram Stories, calling her “one of the most important voices in our industry” who can “teach the worthy man” shame in more ways than he knew.”
Others also spoke up. Ye posted a message, believed to be from fashion designer Mowalola Ogunlesi, begging him to have a “real conversation” about the shirt instead of attacking Karefa-Johnson.
Ye also targeted Bernard Arneault, the head of LVMH, which owns Louis Vuitton, among other luxury brands. “We can’t talk about more important things like how late to the show or how Bernard Arnault killed my best friend,” he wrote in a separate post, apparently referring to Virgil Abloh. “Everyone has the right to have an opinion, that right is mine.” Supreme creative director Tremaine Emory shared Ye’s post on his own Instagram page, urging him: “I have to draw boundaries with you using Virgil’s death in the ‘ye’ campaign. your victim in front of your sycophant peanut algorithm gallery,” he wrote. Emory later claimed that Ye once told her Yeezy staff that “Virgil’s designs are a disgrace to the black community”, suggesting that they weren’t as close as Ye insisted. “Please tell ppl why you weren’t invited to Virgil’s actual funeral,” he wrote. “Get Virgil out of your mouth… Keep @gabriellak_j out of your mouth,” he concluded.
As the industry reacted to Ye’s Instagram attacks, he posted one final message on his personal page: a black image with the words “When I say war, I mean it.” war”.
https://www.thecut.com/2022/10/gigi-hadid-ye-bullying-yzy.html Gigi Hadid Calls Out Ye Out for ‘Bullying’ After YZY Show