Kanye West has responded to backlash against his anti-Semitic comments in an unexpected way.
Sitting down with Russian-American computer scientist Lex Fridman, Ye noted that the same day his second Drink Champs episode was taking down, he was dropped by fashion house Balenciaga.
“There was a day when I was headed to Nashville … the same day Balenciaga was taking my imagery off their site. And Drink Champs was being taken down,” he noted during clips of the interview. “And I said this is the happiest day of my life. I love cutting the grass low. People wasn’t really with you, they was part-time. People switch up when it’s wartime. I’d rather have people who are really with me and not people who are trying to use me.”
West also conflated the The Holocaust with abortion: “We are still in the Holocaust. A Jewish friend of mine said, ‘Go visit the Holocaust Museum,’ and my response was, let’s visit our Holocaust Museum: Planned Parenthood,” he told Fridman.
The new comments come as Gap announced they’re removing his Yeezy Gap merchandise off their shelves and YeezyGap.com website. Last month, Kanye ended his 10-year partnership with Gap, but existing merchandise would still be available through the first half of 2023.
The retailer said in a statement on Tuesday (Oct. 25), “Our former partner’s recent remarks and behavior further underscore why we are taking immediate steps to remove Yeezy Gap product from our stores.”
The statement continued, “Antisemitism, racism and hate in any form are inexcusable and not tolerated in accordance with our values. On behalf of our customers, employees and shareholders, we are partnering with organizations that combat hate and discrimination.”
While Yeezy shoes will not be available via the retail market, their resale value is estimated to skyrocket. According to WANTD, an aggregator of data from secondary market sites, nine out of the top 25 best-selling sneakers on resale sites were Yeezys as of Tuesday morning, a spike from the previous six weeks.
West has also been dropped by sportswear brand Adidas, talent agency CAA, Vogue, and more.
Over the past several weeks, West, who now goes by Ye, has made several appearances on broadcast television after being suspended from social media. He first appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, then on Drink Champs, and most recently, Piers Morgan’s program. He spouted unsubstantiated conspiracy theories regarding business dealings, claims about his ex-wife, and anti-Semitic tropes about global finance. Additionally, he spread misinformation about George Floyd’s death, which caused Floyd’s family to consider suing the rapper for $250 million. He also wore a "White Lives Matter" t-shirt during Paris Fashion Week.
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