Kanye West dismisses Black Lives Matter in Instagram post: 'Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam'
'Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam': Kanye West dismisses social movement in scathing post after wearing inflammatory 'White Lives Matter' top at Paris Fashion Week show
Kanye West sparked outrage on Tuesday after dismissing Black Lives Matter, the social movement created to protest social and racial injustices.
The rapper and designer slammed the global cause on Instagram, where he commands more than 17 million followers, after wearing a provocative 'White Lives Matter' sweater at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday evening.
In a post written in white upper-case lettering on a stark black background, West, 43, addressed his followers, writing: 'Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it's over. You're welcome.'
The outspoken star appeared to be reinforcing a lack of faith in the cause, which has developed a reputation for staging mass street protests regarding the perceived mistreatment of minorities around the world.
Provocation: Kanye West sparked outrage on Tuesday after dismissing Black Lives Matter, the social movement created to protest social and racial injustices aimed at his own community
Founded in 2013 following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in the United States, Black Lives Matter gained global attention after playing a key role in the protests that followed George Floyd's unlawful killing by a white police officer in 2020.
While the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and slogan serve as reminders that inequality still exists on a global scale, West surprised fans well-versed with his outlandish statements by appearing to make light of it on Monday evening.
Launching an unexpected Yeezy show during Paris Fashion Week, he wore a sweater emblazoned with a White Lives Matter statement while watching his parade of models take to the catwalk in garments bearing the same inflammatory message.
Palling around: Also posing with West was the right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who beamed while wearing a complementary version of the 'White Lives Matter' shirt
He was joined by divisive right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who beamed while wearing a complementary version of West's sweater.
The Anti-Defamation League has previously called the phrase 'White Lives Matter' a hate slogan.
The slogan worn on West and Owens' shirts has previously been used by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations as an attack against the Black Lives Matter movement and Black people more broadly.