Kanye West Calls ‘Black Lives Matter’ A “Scam” Amid ‘White Lives Matter’ Shirt Backlash

Kanye West briefly addressed backlash he received Monday for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt to his YZY SZN 9 runway show in Paris, referring to “Black Lives Matter” as a scam.

“EVERYONE KNOWS BLACK LIVES MATTER WAS A SCAM,” the artist, 45, posted to his Instagram Stories early Tuesday morning. “NOW IT’S OVER. YOU’RE WELCOME.”

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Kanye West has referred to Black Lives Matter as a “scam.”
Kanye West has referred to Black Lives Matter as a “scam.”

As an organization, Black Lives Matter has been under heavy scrutiny due to allegations of misappropriating donated funds, with Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation leader Shalomyah Bowers being accused of stealing $10 million in donations just last month.

The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation also faced criticism after the cash purchase of a $6 million home in Los Angles in 2020.

While the organization has faced scrutiny, BLM as a movement continues to garner support from many seeking social justice. Ye’s “White Lives Matter” shirt set off a wave of disappointed responses from several public figures, including journalist Van Lathan, who shared an image of Ye in the shirt to Instagram captioned, “Ya’ll.”

Within his comment section, he elaborated, responding to a follower who asked, “do white lives not matter?”