Another day, yet another outlandish assertion from Kanye West. The rapper, who has been in the spotlight for some time now due to his inflammatory words against ‘Black Lives Matter,’ now seems to have forgotten the event that sparked the public movement two years ago.
Kanye recently stated in an interview that George Floyd did not die from being smothered by a police officer’s knee, but rather from the use of fentanyl. As the story goes, the fashion designer arrived at this conclusion after watching Candace Owens’ documentary on the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Kanye West Blames Fentanyl for George Floyd’s Death
During an interview with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for their podcast Drink Champs, Ye said, “I saw the George Floyd documentary that Candace Owens put out. One of his roommates claimed, “They want a tall person like me, and the day he died, he prayed for eight minutes.”
Kanye West says George Floyd passed away because of fentanyl and that the cop’s knee “wasn’t even on his neck like that” pic.twitter.com/sVKy3VK35O
— Kurrco (@Kurrco) October 16, 2022
The fentanyl injected him, and it hit him hard. The man’s knee wasn’t actually resting on his neck like that, he went on to say. Next, West drew parallels between Floyd and the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh, who passed away last November from cancer. “This white corporation Louis Vuitton is now producing sculptures of him as a martyr, and we don’t know why exactly [he died], they said it was cancer,” he continued.
Medical Experts Testified that Floyd had Died of Hypoxia
Officer Derek Chauvin of the Minneapolis Police Department smothered and killed George Floyd, an African-American man, by placing his knee against Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. A bystander filmed the violence, and the ensuing indignation and protests quickly spread over the internet.
While fentanyl was found in Floyd’s blood, medical experts testified that he likely died from oxygen deprivation when someone’s knee was forced to his neck. In April of last year, a jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional homicide, manslaughter, and murder.
Ye’s Interview was Pulled Down on Sunday
Ye had questioned N.O.R.E., “Can you even run this interview?” in regard to his The Shop interview being removed for “hate speech and extremely hazardous stereotypes.” In a similar vein, the Drink Champs podcast was eventually canceled. Originally shown on Revolt TV on Saturday night, this program was removed early Sunday.
After Ye’s offensive remarks, N.O.R.E. said, “We Black people, we black panthers… When you tell us to f*ck with you, we f*ck with you. We’re committed to keeping up with you because you’re Ye. The value of White life is not in question. And yet, we lose so many Black men and women every single day that it doesn’t seem to matter how much they matter. We can’t help but take note of that.
He has known Candace Owens, whose documentary he cited as an influence, for quite some time. After Kanye tweeted, “I love the way Candace Owens thinks,” in 2018, Candace Owens tweeted back, “I need you to help wake up the Black community.” The two were spotted earlier this month at the Yeezy Fashion Show wearing ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirts in apparent support of the movement.