According to Reports, Balenciaga Has Ended Its Association With Kanye West Due to Anti-Semitic Remarks

Oct. 21 (UPI) — A report on Thursday claimed that premium clothing brand Balenciaga has severed ties with musician Kanye West following his recent anti-Semitic comments. In a statement to Women’s Wear Daily on Thursday, Balenciaga’s parent company Kering stated that it “no longer has any contact with this artist and has no intentions for future projects associated with this artist.”

The business, which is also closely connected to West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian, hasn’t released any statements about its associations with West, who now goes as Ye, in public. Additionally, the rapper has not commented on the purported split with Balenciaga.

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West, 45, has a net worth of almost $2 billion because of his music career, the Yeezy footwear brand, and his formerly successful collaboration with Gap. The corporation has put his collaboration with Adidas for his Yeezy brand “under review.”

He lost access to his Instagram and Twitter accounts earlier this month after making anti-Semitic comments in response to donning a “White Lives Matter” shirt to his Yeezy collection show during Paris Fashion Week. West had also participated in the Balenciaga fashion show in Paris as a model.

Following the rapper’s posting of a screenshot of text messages with Sean Combs, commonly known as P, on Instagram, West’s account was banned. Diddy, as a result of the altercation at Paris Fashion Week and a dispute with Tremaine Emory about remarks he made about the late Virgil Abloh.

West replied that he would use Combs as “an example to show the Jewish people that told you to contact me that no one can intimidate or influence me” in the since-deleted communications with Combs in which Diddy requested West to “stop playing these internet games.”

West also claimed in a since-deleted tweet that he “can’t be anti-Semitic” following the limitation since “Black people are actually Jew also.” West complained, “You people have been playing with me and trying to blackball anyone who opposes your agenda. After being banned on Instagram, West, who had last tweeted in November 2020, returned to the service but was later locked out of Twitter.

Last weekend, the rapper made more contentious claims during an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, claiming that George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by many Minneapolis police officers in 2020, had passed away from fentanyl. On the podcast, West stated, “If you see, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that. They hit him with the fentanyl.”

Parlement Technologies, the organization behind Parler, stated on Monday that he would purchase the contentious social networking platform after dealing with the lockouts on Twitter and Instagram.

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