Kanye West says White Lives Matter fashion show concept was based on a ‘feeling’ and ‘gut instinct’


Kanye West said his ‘White Lives Matter’ fashion show concept that sparked widespread controversy at Paris Fashion Week was based on a ‘feeling’ and ‘gut instinct.’

The rapper compared the stunt to Tonya Harding instinctively landing the first triple axel jump at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kanye, who returned to Los Angeles from Paris Fashion Week, explained the concept behind the ‘White Lives Matter’ fashion show concept to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

The interview – which aired at 8pm on Fox News – came just days after the 45-year-old rapper created widespread controversy when he sported a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt at his YZY fashion show in Paris, which was widely condemned by fans and fashion industry luminaries and led Adidas to put its relationship with him ‘under review.’

‘I do certain things from a feeling, I just channel the energy it feels right. Hits using a gut instinct, connection with god and just brilliance. They asked Tonya Harding how she did the triple flip and she was in so much practice that when it was time for her to skate in a competitive format it just happened. It happened outside of practice that happened in the real format.’

‘That’s what’s happening. God is preparing us for the real battles. We are in a battle with the media.’

Kanye, who returned to Los Angeles from Paris Fashion Week, explained the concept behind the ‘White Lives Matter’ fashion show concept to Fox News host Tucker Carlson

The interview - which aired at 8pm on Fox News - came just days after the 45-year-old rapper created widespread controversy when he sported a 'White Lives Matter' T-shirt at his YZY fashion show in Paris, which was widely condemned by fans and fashion industry luminaries

The interview – which aired at 8pm on Fox News – came just days after the 45-year-old rapper created widespread controversy when he sported a ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt at his YZY fashion show in Paris, which was widely condemned by fans and fashion industry luminaries

Kanye, who arrived at the Los Angeles studio sporting a lanyard he had designed with a photo of a baby’s ultrasound, also opened up about why he’s pro-life. 

‘It just represents life. I’m pro-life,’ Kanye responded when asked about his design. Carlson told him, ‘you wear it like a badge.’

‘I don’t care about people’s responses but I care about the fact that there are more black babies being aborted than born in New York City at this point,’ Kanye said.

‘That 50 percent of black death in America is abortion. I really don’t care about people’s response to that. I perform for an audience of one and that is God. ‘ 

Earlier Thursday, prior to the interview, West could be seen grinning ear to ear while looking at his phone, as he headed to a meeting with Carlson.

Kanye initially looked more stone faced as he deplaned in one of his now-standard all-black casual outfits. 

He looked comfortable in a nondescript black hoodie, though he kept the hood down in favor of a black baseball cap reading 2023 on the bill, presumably in honor of Yeezy’s Spring 2023 show.

He looked comfortable in a nondescript black hoodie, though he kept the hood down in favor of a black baseball cap reading 2023 on the bill, presumably in honor of Yeezy’s Spring 2023 show.

Top of the world: Kanye West, 45, could be seen grinning ear to ear at something on his phone as he touched down in Los Angeles on Thursday

Top of the world: Kanye West, 45, could be seen grinning ear to ear at something on his phone as he touched down in Los Angeles on Thursday

Nothing to see here: He looked comfortable in a nondescript black hoodie

Showing off: He kept the hood down in favor of a black baseball cap reading 2023 on the bill, presumably in honor of Yeezy's Spring 2023 show

Nothing to see here: He looked comfortable in a nondescript black hoodie, though he kept the hood down in favor of a black baseball cap reading 2023 on the bill, presumably in honor of Yeezy’s Spring 2023 show

Joining West on the tarmac was a man in a camouflage shirt with matching cargo pants, along with black combat boots.

He wore a black baseball cap and had some of Kanye’s silver reflective wraparound sunglasses perched on his head.

As they stood around the luggage, Kanye stopped so show his pal something on his phone that seemed to be delighting him, which also elicited a smile from the other man.

According to TMZ, the rapper — who has changed his legal name to Ye — didn’t waste much time before heading to his meeting with Tucker Carlson. 

West stood by the ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan he wore on a T-shirt at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday even though his spokesman, Jason Lee, quit in protest, writing on Instagram that West was ‘gaslighting black people and empowering white supremacy.’

'They do': Kanye West doubled down on his 'White Lives Matter' slogan on Wednesday and explained that when people ask why he made the shirt he replies that it's because 'They do'

‘They do’: Kanye West doubled down on his ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan on Wednesday and explained that when people ask why he made the shirt he replies that it’s because ‘They do’ 

Shocking the fans: Ye first wore the 'White Lives Matter' design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday

Shocking the fans: Ye, 45, first wore the ‘White Lives Matter’ design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday

The Donda rapper, 45, posted a photo of the long-sleeved black shirt to his Instagram on Wednesday with the caption: ‘Here’s my latest response when people ask me why I made a tee that says white lives matter… THEY DO.’

Meanwhile, one of the only famous friends coming to the defense of Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband at the moment is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who called the musician a ‘free thinker’ and says his message was ‘misconstrued.’

Diddy, 52, said ‘My boy is a super, super, super free thinker’ in an interview on ‘The Breakfast Club on Wednesday. 

 ‘And a lot of times, what he means is, like, misconstrued, you know what I’m saying?’ the record executive added.

 When host Charlamagne, 44, interjected to say, ‘You gotta stop making excuses for him’ he replied, ‘No, no, I’m not making excuses, I’m just sayin’ if he did it, that’s the way he thinks.’

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