Kanye West slams Jayden Smith and others over ‘hate slogan’ t-shirt



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Kanye West is receiving backlash for his latest fashion statement.

On Monday, West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, wore a shirt with an image of Pope John Paul II. The words “White Lives Matter” were written in large letters on the back.

The Anti-Defamation League classifies the phrase as a “hate slogan” used by white groups, including the Ku Klux Klan.

West also wore several Black models with the same phrase during his YZY show at Paris Fashion Week. Conservative commentator Candace Owens was a guest at the event and he wore the same shirt.

After images and video of the show surfaced, criticism of West was swift.

Jaden Smith took to Twitter to write “Black Lives Matter” and “True Leaders Lead.” He added: “I don’t care who it is if I don’t feel the message that I’m out there.”

Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill wrote on Twitter: “Kanye West’s decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is disgusting, dangerous and irresponsible. Some of you will rush to his defense. You should ask yourselves why…”

Another commenter wrote: “Phrases like ‘WLM’ and ‘Blue Lives Matter’ are reactionary responses to silence the affirmation of Black lives. What Kanye West is doing is dangerous and inciting more harm against the community he cares about.”

On Tuesday, West did not back down or apologize for using the slogan.

“Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam,” he wrote on Instagram, referring to recent stories about the group’s financial management. “It’s over now. Welcome.”