Kanye West wore a White Lives Matter t-shirt during the Yeezy Paris Fashion Week runway show on Monday. And so does his conservative expert Candace Owens.
Yes’s long-sleeved black t-shirt with bold white writing on the back served an immediate purpose: getting outlets to write about Yes’s presentation. But if Owens long sleeve white version joined the mix, with the same message rendered in black type, the story became more complex.
Each shirt bore the image of a pope. Owens showed Pope John Paul I, whose 33-day tenure at the Vatican was among the shortest in history, while Ye showed Pope John Paul II, the longtime pope who died in 2005 and was canonized as a saint in 2014.
Both shirts had the words “Juan Pablo” at the bottom – Yes also had an “II” – and at the top the Spanish words “Seguiremos Tu Ejemplo“: “We will follow your example.”
And people on social media had thoughts, from tweets about how the duo was.”live rent free in some left-wing minds now” to remarks about how they were”stand in solidarity out of ignorance” and “You don’t have to be white to uphold white supremacy and anti-blackness.” There were many more comments on Twitter in line with the latter comments than the former, with the ratio going the other way on Truth Social.
“Seeing Ye and Candace both in that shirt breaks my heart. Whatever nuance there was as part of his runway show pales in comparison to seeing someone so politically destructive and reprehensible standing there with Ye adorned with that phrase,” according to the Watching the Throne podcast account. . tweetedto remind people that a fashion show was also taking place.
Only 50 people were reportedly invited to watch the Yeezy Season 9 presentation, aka YZY SZN 9, but anyone who wanted could watch the live stream on the yzyszn9.com website. Now the site shows just a speck of digital snow.
Also invited? A multitude of young members of the Donda Academy Gospel Choir. Yes, the kids who went viral for singing that “Good Morning Donda” tune.
Remarkably, the White Lives Matter visual came a day after West’s modeling debut. The rapper-entrepreneur walked the Balenciaga runway in Paris on Sunday, armored in a boxy all-black outfit with an oversized cargo jacket and pants.
“You play too much Roblox,” wrote a commenter on Yes’s TikTok post from the show.
The rapper’s bold, focused stride down the catwalk — through a dark, muddy moonscape, no less — drew the most attention.
“You guys are on a mission,” wrote one commenter on TikTok.
“How I left the store as a kid hiding a candy in my bag,” said another.
But at least someone paid attention to fashion.
“Imagine,” they wrote, “try to find your phone in this thing.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-10-03/kanye-west-candace-owen-white-lives-matter-shirts Kanye West, Candace Owen flaunt ‘White Lives Matter’ shirts