Kanye West has been known to make some outlandish statements over the years, following them up with some crazy antics, to boot. One can't think of Kanye and not remember his comments towards then-President George W. Bush after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans.
It's painful to look at Mike Myers' awkward and helpless facial expressions during the emotional statements of Kanye. The crew eventually cut away to an also awkwardly looking Chris Tucker.
Of course, no one can forget Kanye's interruption of Taylor Swift during the 2009 Video Music Awards:
Most have simply downplayed this as Kanye being his own hype man, or trying to market himself. Many have filed this under mental illness, citing West's own statements on his struggles.
However, his last spate of antisemitic rage has many distancing themselves from him. Artists, friends, and talent agencies have moved away from West and encouraged other's to do the same.
Here is this from CBS News:
Top entertainment industry talent agent Ari Emanuel is calling on businesses to stop working with rapper Ye, better known as Kanye West, over his antisemitic comments on social media.
Emanuel, CEO of Endeavor, said in a Financial Times op-ed that fashion and entertainment brands that have collaborated with Ye on fashion lines and other projects need to "speak out and take action" against the music artist.
Some companies have already cut ties with Ye and his Yeezy apparel brand. French fashion house Balenciaga on Friday said it will no longer work on projects with West, Women's Wear Daily reported.
"Balenciaga has no longer any relationship or any plans for future projects related to this artist," a Balenciaga spokesperson told Women's Wear Daily.
This week, the Anti-Defamation League called on Adidas to end the athletic wear company's commercial relationship with Ye. The advocacy group said it is "surprised and concerned that Adidas — a brand that supports inclusion and diversity — continues not only to support the Ye product line, but to release new products even as he continues to espouse hateful antisemitic ideas."
In teaming with West in 2016, Adidas at the time called it "the most significant partnership ever created between an athletic brand and a nonathlete."
West chose to end his shoe and clothing partnership with Gap last month over what his lawyer said were Gap's unmet contractual obligations.
Johnny Depp's attorney, Camille Vasquez agreed to represent West recently, however, even she has backed out of the arrangement since Ye has refused to walk back his Antisemitic comments. According to the Daily Beast:
Vasquez, who made waves during the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial for her defense of the Pirates of the Caribbean star, reportedly told her firm Brown Rudnick to close the door on West after he tripled down on his hateful comments over the weekend, TMZ reports. Brown Rudnick allegedly still attempted to work with the artist after Vasquez withdrew, on the condition that West retract his statements, though the rapper apparently refused to do so. Vasquez and West connected just last week to initiate a partnership where she and Brown Rudnick would handle his increasingly complicated business matters, as dozens of entities, including brands, record labels, talent agencies and even banks, withdraw their support of the musician in a public condemnation of his hate speech.
One wonders how this comports with his recent "conversion" to Christianity. Of course, it is now called into question, as it's difficult to believe someone who spews this type of hatred toward others can have the Spirit of Christ in them.
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