Kanye West and his crew showed up at Skechers’ Manhattan Beach headquarters uninvited on Wednesday, and the shoe company definitely didn’t want it.
“Kanye West — also referred to as Ye — arrived at one of Skechers’ Los Angeles offices unannounced and uninvited,” the company said in a statement. “Because Ye was involved in unauthorized filming, two Skechers executives escorted him and his group out of the building after a brief chat.”
Skechers said it has “no intention” to work with the rapper-designer-entrepreneur, who has found himself on thin ice commercially and socially lately following a litany of conspiracy-oriented and anti-Semitic public comments.
In addition to his recent statements, West also suggested slavery was a choice in 2018, dubbed the COVID-19 vaccine the “mark of the beast” in mid-2020, and donned a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt alongside conservative commentator Candace Owens at his Yeezy Collection show in Paris earlier this month.
“We condemn his recent divisive statements and have no tolerance for anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech,” Skechers continued in its statement, adding – just in case anyone was unclear – that “the company would like to reiterate that West unannounced showed up uninvited to Skechers corporate headquarters.”
Ye’s appearance at the Skechers offices may have been prompted by Adidas’ decision on Tuesday to sever ties with the rapper and end production of its Yeezy shoes.
The move came after what Adidas called a “thorough review” of their relationship. The sporting goods company expects a net profit loss of approximately $246 million as a result of the termination of the partnership.
West has recently been dropped from countless companies – including high fashion house Balenciaga and talent agency CAA – and has been banned from Twitter and Instagram since he launched his latest round of abusive comments.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-26/kanye-west-skechers-headquarters-escorted-out Kanye West and crew escorted out of Skechers headquarters