Kanye West’s downfall: These companies have dropped him

In early October, Ye, the rap artist and mogul, also known as Kanye West, posed in a White Lives Matter t-shirt during Paris Fashion Week. Then he began a long-running litany of conspiracy-oriented and anti-Semitic statements. As a result, several companies and other companies associated with Ye severed ties with him.

Here’s an ongoing list of entities Ye’ve recently left in the dust — and one on which he finished the deal first.

gap

In mid-September, ahead of the whole Paris Fashion Week debacle and after taking a blast at the retailer on Instagram, Ye Gap announced that he was terminating her contract.

“In particular, Gap does not deny that it has failed to sell a single product in a single Gap store for over two years, including one of its 500+ stories in America,” read the statement West shared on Instagram. “Gap also doesn’t deny that it has failed to open a single store of its own anywhere in the world for over two years.”

Instagram and Twitter

The two social media companies suspended Ye on Oct. 10 after a series of anti-Semitic posts that included an Instagram screenshot of a text conversation with Sean “Diddy” Combs in which Ye accused Diddy of being controlled by Jews. Taking to Twitter, the rapper via Twitter threatened to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” and fiddled with the “DEFCON” label on the United States Defense Preparedness Alert System.

Both companies said they removed objectionable content posted by Ye and restricted his accounts. The duration of the restrictions is not known.

JPMorgan Chase

Conservative pundit Candace Owens, who posed with Ye in Paris in a White Lives Matter shirt, tweeted on October 12 that Ye was “kicked out” from JPMorgan Chase Bank. She included a redacted letter with the subject line “IMPORTANT: Completion of our banking relationship.”

“I was told there was no official reason, but they also sent this letter to confirm that he has until the end of November to find another location for the Yeezy empire,” Owens wrote.

Def Jam

Ye had a 10-album deal with Def Jam, which was fulfilled after the release of “Donda” in August 2021. A person familiar with the deal confirmed to the Times on Oct. 16 that the rapper is now a free agent. The label is also reportedly no longer distributing releases from the rapper’s Getting Out Our Dreams (GOOD) label.

It remains uncertain whether a major record company, some of which are publicly traded, would take over West following his recent outbursts – even with his streak of 10 consecutive No1 albums. He could always release his next work without the backing of a record label, like he did in February with “Donda 2,” which was only available through his $200 Stem streaming gizmo.

Balenciaga

The design house, which West had a day before his “White Lives Matter” fashion statement at his Paris Fashion Week show, parted ways with him on Oct. 21. Balenciaga and his creative director Demna worked with West to inspire his past and “engineered” his collaboration with Yeezy Gap.

“Balenciaga no longer has a relationship and no plans for future projects related to this artist,” the brand’s parent company, Kering, said in a brief statement.

CAA

The Times reported Oct. 24 that talent agency CAA ended its relationship with Ye this month following his recent outbursts of anti-Semitism in various interviews. CAA had only represented the rapper for touring, and he hadn’t toured since signing with them in 2016.

Separately, Ari Emanuel, chief executive of talent agency WME, urged Spotify and Apple to take West off the platform. He urged Adidas to end their relationship with Ye and urged Parler not to sell the platform to the performer.

“Those who continue to do business with West are giving voice to his misguided hatred,” Emanuel wrote in an Oct. 19 op-ed in the Financial Times. “There should be no tolerance anywhere for West’s anti-Semitism.”

MRC

Shortly after CAA’s move went public, film and television production company MRC said it would shelve a completed documentary about West rather than distribute it.

“We cannot support content that amplifies its platform,” MRC executives said in an Oct. 24 statement. “The silence from leaders and companies when it comes to Kanye or anti-Semitism in general is dismaying but not surprising. What is new and sad is the fear of Jews to speak out in their own defense.”

Adidas

Yes’s comments at his Paris Fashion Week show and immediately after unsettled Adidas, which worked on the Yeezy footwear collection and was under pressure on social media and elsewhere. The company issued a statement later that week, saying, “Following repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation, we have made the decision to review the partnership.”

The rapper-entrepreneur responded on Instagram, writing, “F— ADIDAS I AM ADIDAS ADIDAS RAFFERTIZED AND STEALING MY DESIGNS.”

Then, on October 25, Adidas announced that it had ended its relationship with Ye after a “thorough review” of the relationship. It said it would immediately cease production of its Yeezy product line and stop payments to Ye and its companies. It expects to incur a loss of up to $246 million on its net income this year as a result of the move.

Later, on Oct. 25, Foot Locker announced it was removing Yeezys from its retail floors and asking employees to store them in the back rooms of stores pending further instructions, according to Footwear News.

Jaylen Brown and Aaron Donald / Donda Sports

Boston Celtics star forward Brown was one of the notable athletes to sign with West’s marketing agency Donda Sports. On October 24, he condemned Yes’s anti-Semitic remarks but said he was staying with the agency. The next day he had changed his mind.

“I now acknowledge that there are times when my voice and my position cannot coexist in spaces that are not consistent with my attitude or values. And because of that, I’m ending my association with Donda Sports,” he said in one expression.

Donald of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams followed shortly thereafter.

“The recent comments and displays of hate and anti-Semitism are the polar opposite of how we choose to live our lives and raise our children…” he and his wife Erica said in a expression. “As parents and members of society, we felt an obligation to send a clear message that hateful words and actions have consequences and that we as human beings need to do better.”

Times and Associated Press contributors Anousha Sakoui and Wendy Lee contributed to this article.

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