Kanye West Posts Yasiin Bey Rocking A 'White Lies Matter' Tee, But Did He Miss The Message?




 

After premiering his controversial "White Lives Matter" tee shirts, Kanye West is looking for all the support he can get. Ye dropped the shocking pieces during a surprise Yeezy section of the Balenciaga fashion show in Paris. And since then, West has been on a mission to defend his design and explain its meaning.

The "Donda" artist possibly thought he had found a supporter in Yasiin Bey, formerly known as rapper Mos Def, after he reposted the artist in his Instagram story. But it seemed that Bey made a few alterations to the shirt that West overlooked.

In the post captioned "AyYa @yasiinbey @anuarkhalifi HEGEL 2022," Bey showed off his interpretation of the shirt.

In the first slide, the rapper stands in front of a green screen showing the back of a shirt with the words "White Lives Matter." But in this design, the "V" is blacked out, changing the statement to "White Lies Matter."

The front of the shirt features an image of the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Hegel's eyes are covered with a black bar.

West's original design has a cartoon-like image of the Pope. Bey's redo of the shirt was designed by Spanish-Moroccan artist Anuar Khalifi, owner of The Third Line Art Gallery in Dubai.

Although nowhere close to the outrage behind West's shirt, Bey and Khalifi's rendition has received mixed reviews.

Jessica Care Moore, the founder of Black Women Rock, thought the shirt brought "some beautiful balance" to the situation.

Many Twitter users like @WhateverOG thought they could have done a better job of snubbing out the "V" to make the message clearer. 

 

@Tayoneill77b gave her theory on the faintness of the letter.

Bey posted the shirt just hours after West attempted to justify his design during an interview with Fox News's Tucker Carlson.

"The answer to why I wrote 'White Lives Matter' on a shirt is because they do," West said during the interview that aired Thursday. "I do certain things from a feeling. I just channel the energy, it just feels right. It's using a gut instinct, a connection with God, and just brilliance."

Do you think Kanye reposted Yasiin assuming he was showing support or taking a shot?

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