Kanye West Debuts White Lives Matter Shirt
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From Los Angeles Times:
Kanye West wore a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt Monday during Paris Fashion Week’s Yeezy runway show. And so did his conservative-pundit pal Candace Owens.
Ye’s long-sleeved black T-shirt with bold white writing on the back served one purpose immediately: getting outlets to write about Ye’s presentation. But when Owens’ long-sleeved white version joined the mix, with the same message rendered in black type, the story got more complex.
Each shirt bore the image of a pope. Owens’ had Pope John Paul I, whose 33-day tenure at the Vatican was among history’s shortest, while Ye’s showed Pope John Paul II, the long-tenured pontiff who died in 2005 and was canonized as a saint in 2014.
Both shirts had the words “Juan Pablo” at the bottom — Ye’s had a “II” as well — and up top, the Spanish words “Seguiremos Tu Ejemplo“: “We will follow your example.”
And people on social media Had Thoughts, from tweets about how the duo was “living rent free in a bunch of Leftist heads right now” to remarks about how they were “standing in solidarity for ignorance” and “You don’t have to be white to uphold white supremacy and anti-Blackness.” On Twitter, there were many more comments in line with the latter comments than the first one, with the ratio running in the other direction on Truth Social.
Others have said that the front of the shirt has Saint john Paul II on it. The most influential musician of believes in all the things we believes. He uses our slogans from years ago. We our the innovators and drivers of the modern world. This is in large part because we tell the truth.