Kanye West is dealing with the fallout from his scandal at Paris Fashion Week, during which he wore a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt, hit Vogue editor for her criticism, and was later temporarily banned from multiple social media sites after sharing an anti-Semitic message.
The “Famous” rapper first made waves on Oct. 3 when he wore the controversial T-shirt at his Yeezy Season 9 fashion show. Backlash was swift, with West taking aim at one critic in particular — Vogue the editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnsonwhom he mocked on social media for her own fashion choices.
In the following days, things only got messier, as West continued to share Instagram posts about his ex-wife kim kardashianclaiming that she and her family “kidnapped” their daughter Chicago and refused to let him see her at her 4th birthday party, allegations he originally made earlier this year (and Kardashian previously denied).
Khloe Kardashian entered the fray to plead with her ex-brother-in-law to stop his rants, which only made the “Jesus Walks” artist double down on his comments.
On October 7, West sat down for a controversial interview Tucker Carlson‘s Fox News show, during which he explained why he decided to wear a shirt with the words “White Lives Matter” on the back.
“I do certain things out of feeling, I just direct my energy. It just feels right,” explained the designer. “It uses instinct, connection with God and just brilliance.
He added: “People ask for an explanation, and people say, ‘Well, 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 the shirt is because they did. It’s an obvious thing.”
The next day, after he shared an anti-Semitic message via Instagram, Meta, Instagram’s parent company, restricted the Chicago native’s account for violating its rules and guidelines. His Twitter account was also temporarily locked.
“I burst into tears” Jamie Lee Curtis said Hoda Kotb about seeing West’s remarks. “I woke up and burst into tears. Defcon 3 about the Jewish people? What are you doing?”
She added: “It’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise all over the world. But on Twitter, on the portal, to pour it? As if it wasn’t hard enough for the Jews?”
Keep scrolling to find out all about West’s Paris Fashion Week scandal, the fallout, and all the drama surrounding it: