Kanye West has found himself in hot water after he stated that 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice” during an interview on TMZ Live this week, but the controversy didn’t stop there!
His comment shocked and upset people around the world, and now he may suffer financially because of it.
The rapper immediately took to Twitter to try and clarify what he meant by the comment, but ended up comparing himself to Harriott Tubman, one of the pioneering activists in abolishing and freeing slaves in America. The tweet only seemed to further upset people.
Many former fans are demanding that he be held accountable for his disrespectful comment. A petition was started on Care2 to urge Adidas to cut their ties with him.
“While Kanye can live safely in his multimillion-dollar castle, the rest of black America is continually marginalized and subject to unjust laws and treatment. Some even die because this behavior is so ingrained in our society,” the petition states.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 2, 2018
“Kanye West has a right to free speech, and he has the right to spout lies and misinformation and misplaced opinions — but we as consumers have the right to fight back against this type of dangerous propaganda.”
Since returning to Twitter, Kanye has bragged about his success with the brand, both in terms of popularity and monetarily.
Kanye has been linked with the sportswear brand since 2013, releasing multiple collections of clothes and shoes that were well received.
we are programmed to always talk and fight race issues. We need to update our conversation.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 1, 2018
Despite fans outrage the brand are standing by him with the CEO telling CNBC, “Kanye has helped us have a great comeback in the U.S.”