G.abriella Karefa-Johnson is the fastest to respond. The Vogue editor is sitting in the front row at the Kanye West show in Paris on Monday when a model with “White Lives Matter” on her back walks past her. The fashion journalist could not believe her eyes in the face of this provocative inversion of the motto Black Lives Matter. “I’m angry, collect my thoughts .. Karefa-Johnson quickly writes on her story on Instagram. Such a thing cannot be justified by a claim to art, but simply” unforgivable “.
The performance is made even more bizarre by the fact that the black model is Selah Marley, the 23-year-old niece of reggae icon Bob Marley and daughter of singer Lauryn Hill, whose own family suffered from racism. At the end of a strange performance, you see that Kanye West, who goes by the name only Ye, is wearing a sweater that says “White Lives Matter”. Some fashion editors have already left the room outraged, and in the next few hours an Insta and Twitter storm erupts on the 45-year-old star. Incidentally, Pope John Paul II was depicted on the front of his sweater.
“Slavery was a choice,” West once said
Could anyone have been prepared for such a scandal? The enigmatic behavior is common with the West. He once said “Slavery was a choice”, as if slaves had a choice; The black rapper surprisingly supported Donald Trump with the slogan “Make America Great Again”; he defended alleged molester Marilyn Manson; after Kim Kardashian split, she haunted her for months and even more insulted her new boyfriend Pete Davidson.
Added to this are the economic turmoil. With his Yeezy brand, West had already worked successfully with Nike and Adidas. Two years ago he then announced a collaboration with large clothing retailer Gap, which he surprisingly canceled three weeks ago. As with Adidas, the deals weren’t kept there and they weren’t given enough influence.
Then last Sunday the first appearance in Paris. A man in a heavy martial uniform opens the Balenciaga show in a mud-covered hall. This expansive gait, this unkempt beard, this self-confident look is not …. .? yes this is yes he Bravely drags himself through the mud, is backstage later, but can hardly be understood because of the mouthguard, as it is known from hockey; only its thick tooth splint features Balenciaga lettering.