'Blexit': Kanye West's clothing line encourages American blacks to ditch Democratic party
In the latest instance of endorsements of the Republican Party, the rapper has launched a line of clothing that aims to convince black voters to switch allegiance
Fresh from stirring up controversy over his slavery comments, Kanye West has now designed a line of apparel that is sure to raise the heckles of many of his fans. The 41-year-old rapper has launched a line of shirts that aims to convince African-American voters to switch allegiance from the Democratic to the Republican party.
Dubbed 'Blexit' or 'Black Exit' after Britain's vote to exit the European Union, popularly termed as 'Brexit' by the media, the Daily Mail reports that the clothing line features a selection of aqua, salmon, and lilac t-shirts, as well as denim hats.
Words such as 'Blexit' and 'We free' are pasted across the front to drive home West's most recent political agenda, and interested parties can purchase the clothes for anywhere between $25-$28.
The line was unveiled at the Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, on Saturday at an event organized by conservative advocacy group Turning Point USA member Candace Owens.
While West himself was absent from the event, Owens gave an impassioned speech about how she would see the 'Blexit' movement brought to cities across the country, including the rapper's native Chicago.
"Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West," Owens told the gathered crowd. "[West] has taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have."
The launch comes after West's recent, public endorsements of president Trump and the pair's continued bromance. The rapper had met with Trump at the Oval Office earlier this month in a much-publicized event and had engaged in a now-infamous rant that saw him cover several race-related issues. West had also shared a strong embrace with Trump that not went down poorly with large portions of the black community, but also portions of a divided fanbase.
this represents good and America becoming whole again. We will no longer outsource to other countries. We build factories here in America and create jobs. We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment. Message sent with love pic.twitter.com/a15WqI8zgu— ye (@kanyewest) 30 September 2018
West's continued alienation of African-Americans continued a trend that previously saw him claim that slavery was a choice. In a message supportive of Trump's policies to reduce outsourcing, 41-year-old had tweeted a picture of him wearing the 'Make America Great Again' hat while advocating for the abolishment of the 13th Amendment which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in the country.
He had also made pro-Trump comments on the sets of 'Saturday Night Live' that resulted in him being booed by large portions of the audience.
However, as the Mail pointed out, his vocal advocacy of the Republican party is a little disingenuous. The rapper recently donated $73,000 to Amara Enyia, a Democratic candidate who's in the running for the mayor of Chicago. And just last week, he also attended a rally for Enyia alongside Chance the Rapper, an outspoken proponent of liberal views.
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