On Tuesday morning, Kanye appeared on TMZ Live, where he chatted with TMZ founder Harvey Levin and the news outlet's staff about his love of President Donald Trump - "That's my boy", he said of the POTUS - before veering into a discussion about slavery.
Adidas said it planned to discuss them with the rapper, but nothing beyond that was mentioned. "Kanye and Yeezy is a very important part of our brand from a revenue standpoint.It's a very important part of how we promote our products, particularly in the USA and other parts of the world". "I like the word "imprisoned" because slavery goes too directly to the idea of blacks", he said after his slavery comment.
CEO Kasper Rorsted distanced the company from the recent controversy but says adidas will continue to work with West as a designer, according to Reuters.
"You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him", West wrote in another tweet later that day.
"When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years?!" "Like, you was there for 400 years and it's all y'all?"
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"We neither comment nor speculate on every single comment that our external creators are making", Rorsted said in an interview with Bloomberg. You know, it's like we're mentally in prison. And then he deleted some of the tweets.
West's comments caused an instant uproar online and spawned the circulation of an online petition encouraging Adidas to dump West's Yeezy line. As someone who survived suicide and now battles a chronic mental illness, there was only so much I could find amusing, and this situation walks a thin line between humorous and sad. I'm just gonna sit back, man, I'm not gonna step away or shun him, because when you look at other demographics they don't do that to theirs.
Snoop Dogg is the latest celebrity to weigh in on Kanye West's controversial week ... and he's had some fun with Photoshop. "You want to think freely, that's fine".
The Wrap reports that a new Reuters poll shows that support for President Trump among African-American men "doubled from 11 percent, for the week ending April 22, to 22 percent, for the week ending April 29".
"Dragon Energy? Hell yea, I want some of that!"
While he stressed how important West was to his brand, Rørsted also added that "there clearly are some comments we don't support". I don't think he said it with the intention to hurt anybody.