Skechers says that Ye, also known as Kanye West, had to be escorted out of its corporate offices in Los Angeles because he showed up there “unannounced and uninvited.” The company also said that it “had no plans” to work with the rapper and designer.
It happened after the German sportswear company Adidas cut ties with Ye because of anti-Semitic things he said on social media. The BBC has asked Ye’s people for their thoughts. Skechers said in a statement that Ye had come to its office with a group and was “filming without permission.” It said that the party was led out of the building after a short talk.
“We condemn his recent divisive comments, and we do not stand for antisemitism or any other kind of hate speech,” the brand said. It also said, “We want to stress again that West showed up without being asked or told to.”
Ye, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, has had a series of public fights with big brands in recent months, and many of them have cut ties with him. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that can make your moods go from one extreme to the other. It was once called “manic depression.”
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The rapper’s income is likely to go down because of the scandals, and he has dropped off the list of billionaires in Forbes magazine. The magazine says that his net worth has dropped from $1.5bn (£1.3bn) to $400m because he no longer has a deal with Adidas.
In the last few hours, Ye went on Instagram to talk to the famous talent agent Ari Emmanuel. Ari Emmanuel had asked companies to stop working with Ye because of his anti-Semitic comments.
He typed: “Ari Emmanuel I lost $2 billion in one day, but I’m still here. This is about love. I still love you. God still loves you. I am not my money. Who I am is the people.” Adidas stopped working with Ye on his Yeezy brand on Tuesday, saying that it “will not stand for antisemitism or any other kind of hate speech.”
Adidas said that its products will be taken off the market right away. Last month, when the rapper showed a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt design at Paris Fashion Week, the collaboration was put on hold.
“Discriminatory and full of hate.”
A few days later, the rapper made anti-Semitic comments on his Twitter account, which led to his account being blocked. Ye’s response to being suspended was to sign up for Twitter again and say that he would go “death con 3 on Jewish people.” This got him a second suspension.
If Adidas ends the partnership, which has been very successful, it will lose £217 million, the company said. After that, the store chain Foot Locker said it would stop selling Yeezy products because it did not “tolerate any kind of hateful and discriminatory behaviour.” It also said that its store managers had been told to “remove any existing products from our shelves and digital sites.”
It has also been said that Ye’s Christian school, which cost $15,000 a year to run, has temporarily shut down. In an email that The Times saw, the principal of California’s Donda Academy said, “At the request of our founder, Donda Academy will close immediately for the rest of the 2022-2023 school year.”
“NEXT MONDAY THERE IS NO SCHOOL.”
The rapper is no longer working with the investment bank J.P. Morgan and the fashion house Balenciaga. His talent agency has also stopped working with him.
Gap broke up with Ye in September, so it is taking steps right away to get rid of all Yeezy Gap products from its stores and website. Monday, MRC, a company that makes movies and TV shows, said it won’t show the recently finished documentary about the rapper.
Also this week, the wax figure of Ye at Madame Tussauds in London was taken down. It said that the number was “moved from the floor of attractions to our archives. Each profile at Madame Tussauds London is there because it deserves to be there, and we listen to our guests and the public about who they want to see there “.