West, who legally revised his title to “Ye”, informed Fox Information host Tucker Carlson that he wore it as a result of “It’s plain factor”.
“They answer why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on the shirt,” West noted in an interview aired Thursday.
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The artist/designer/provocateur is facing backlash after wearing the shirt during a shock catwalk event held at Paris Trend Week.
West recalled a written conversation he had with his father regarding the controversial statement.
“I mentioned, ‘I assumed the shirt was a humorous shirt; I thought the idea of me taking it off was comical.’ And I said, ‘Dad, why do you find it strange?’ He said, ‘Just a black guy telling the field.'” West told Carlson.
When Carlson pushed West as to why he thought people considered it a controversial statement, West said it was because he made the media think he should be acting.
West said, “Because the same people who stripped us of our identity and labeled us as a color told us what it meant to be black.”
The Anti-Defamation League classifies the phrase “White Lives Matter” as a “hate slogan”, used by white supremacist teams with the Ku Klux Klan.
This is the most recent incident that has drawn criticism, and the West has addressed some of them as well.
In 2016, he met then-president-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York Metropolis, and two years later West met him at the White House and wore a MAGA hat.
Each of these opportunities brought great outrage, and West informed Carlson that “it really started to look like Trump was working for the workplace and I liked him.”
He mainly mentioned that I would be killed for carrying the cap.”
The Grammy winner also outlined matters including being anti-abortion, her views on ex-wife Kim Kardashian, and increased education in the black community.
This dialogue was one half of a larger interview featured on Carlson’s show. The interview will be additionally broadcast on Friday night, Carlson said.