Online opportunists are cashing in on the controversy by peddling fake versions of Kanye West’s now notorious “White Lives Matter” shirts. The counterfeit couture falsely labeled as designed by Kanye is spreading like wildfire on eBay despite the fact that Ye has yet to list his collection for sale.
Indeed, by typing “Kanye Style All Lives Matter” in the online bazaar will show several fakes of the “White Lives Matter” shirt, which notably sparked outrage during Paris Fashion Week in France earlier this week. The 45-year-old rapper, along with several models, donned them while hosting a surprise Yeezy fashion show that featured his Season 9 clothing line.
Just like the original t-shirts, the long-sleeved bootlegs feature the “WLM” slogan, which was denounced by the Anti-Defamation League since white supremacists had created to mock the “Black Lives Matter” organization.
However, the rips have a few notable differences from West’s original design, including the fact that they do not carry an image of Pope John Paul II on the front. They’re also only $20-$30 per shirt – a bargain considering Yeezy’s merchandise is usually worth hundreds or more, TMZ reported.
Interestingly, authentic versions of the “White Lives Matter” t-shirts are currently unavailable and West has not disclosed if he will be selling the authentic shirts in the future.
The flood of contraband comes as the Grammy winner faces a backlash over the inflammatory fashion statement from several notable people of color. Critics included Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, fashion editor of Vogue and Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, who reportedly left the fashion show in protest.
“I had to dive Lol,” tweeted the “Karate Kid” star following the alleged walkout. He continued his criticism in a series of follow-up tweets: “Real leaders lead. I don’t care who it is if I don’t get the message I’m saying. Black lives matter. We demand a more progressive future
West has since defended the designs in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “Here’s my last answer when people ask me why I made a t-shirt that says white lives matter…THEY DO,” the beleaguered rapper said. captioned a photo of a black, long-sleeved version of the garment spread out on the floor.
Prior to that, the “Jesus Walks” singer also took snaps with the “Black Lives Matter” organization.
“Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam,” West said in an Instagram Story on Tuesday, apparently referring to the group’s multiple multimillion-dollar scandals. “Now it’s over. You’re welcome.”