Billionaire Kanye West slammed sportswear brand Adidas when they indicated they may drop the fashion designer and musician after he donned a shirt reading “White Lives Matter” alongside Daily Wire host Candace Owens at Paris Fashion Week.
Adidas said on Thursday that its relationship with West is currently “under review” after failed efforts to “privately resolve the situation.”
“FUUUUUU** Adidas,” West said in a post with a screenshot of the news. “I am Adidas. Adidas raped and stole my designs.”
West has been embroiled in a feud with the company for months, claiming that the brand was “copying” his ideas, CNBC noted.
“After repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation, we have taken the decision to place the partnership under review. We will continue to co-manage the current product during this period,” the company said in a Thursday statement.
Before the apparent fracture, Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted told CNBC in August that West was one of the brand’s most important collaborators.
“He’s had a tremendous impact globally for us,” Rorsted said. “Kanye is our most important partner worldwide. We have a very, very good relationship with him. We communicate with him on a very ongoing basis. And we’re very proud of that relationship.”
West has refused to recant his “White Lives Matter” attire nor his criticism of Black Lives Matter, a controversial movement that has been accused of scamming supporters.
The rapper earlier this week shared in an Instagram story, “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it’s over. You’re welcome.”
West also claimed that it was only Owens who publicly supported him when he was dealing with parenting issues related to his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
“I wonder what Gigi [Hadid] and Venus’s perspectives were when I didn’t know where my child was on her birthday,” West said via social media.
“So why did everyone feel so free to attack me about my t-shirt but Candace Owens was the only public figure to say that it was wrong for the Kardashians to keep me from seeing my daughter?” he continued. “Or we just chime in when we want to tear a black man down for actually having a different political opinion?”
“And for all the audience so outraged about my t-shirt, where were you when I couldn’t see my kids?” West wrote. “I went public in hope of public support at that time.”
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