American rapper and fashion icon Kanye West has sparked criticism after wearing a shirt emblazoned with “White Lives Matter” during his YZY SZN 9 presentation in Paris.
The 45-year-old rapper staged a surprise during the Yeezy fashion show in Paris Fashion Week. He took to the stage in an all-black outfit to give a speech, before the live-streamed show began.
However, what caught the attention of people was the long-sleeved black shirt the entrepreneur was rocking.
Not only did it feature an image of the pope on the front but had the words “White Lives Matter,” in bold white at the back.
Referring to his new legal name, West told his guests: “I am Ye, and everyone here knows that I am the leader.
“You can’t manage me.”
He also posted via his Instagram page, claiming black lives was a scam.
He wrote, “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter is a scam, now it’s over you are welcome” he wrote.
West was also joined by right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who also wore a White Lives Matter’ shirt, which featured a photo of Pope John Paul II on the front.
The message parodies the Black Lives Matter movement which was born following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in 2013.
Many Twitter users have since taken to the social media platforms to call out the rapper, and among them is Jaden Smith who tweeted in response, “Black Lives Matter”.