Controversial entertainment mogul, Kanye West has disclosed that he lost $2 billion in a single day as business partners made way to dump the rapper in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic outbursts.
Africa Today News, New York reports that the rapper has witnessed lucrative commercial tie-ups shelved as companies including Adidas and Gap took off following comments dubbed hate speech by activists.
West, who is also known as Ye, on Thursday evening took to Instagram to make a post that had been liked over a million times
He wrote; ‘I lost 2 billion dollars in one day. And I’m still alive. This is love speech’.
‘I still love you. God still loves you. Money is not who I am. The people is who I am,’ the post said, naming Emanuel Ari, the CEO of entertainment company Endeavor, who had urged companies to sever ties with the rapper.
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German sportswear giant Adidas said Tuesday it was ending its partnership with West after his ‘unacceptable, hateful and dangerous’ comments.
Adidas also said it would end production of the highly successful “Yeezy” line designed together with West and “stop all payments to Ye and his companies”.
The move is expected to lop around a quarter of a billion dollars off Adidas’s bottom line this year alone.
West, who is open about his struggles with bipolar disorder, has long been outspoken, having half-heartedly run for US president in 2020 and then thrown his weight behind Donald Trump.
His willingness to go beyond the pale is a double-edged sword for business partners, who have benefited from his high profile and his frequent media appearances, but who risk being tarnished by association.
While they weathered previous comments, including when West called slavery a “choice”, things began to unravel this month with his appearance at a Paris fashion show wearing a shirt emblazoned “White Lives Matter”, a slogan created as a backlash to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Days later he was temporarily locked out of Twitter and Instagram for threatening to “Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE”, using a misspelled reference to US military readiness.
That sparked alarm, including apparently from his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, who wrote on social media “Hate speech is never OK or excusable,” in posts that did not name West.
Africa Today News, New York recalls that last weekend a banner was hoisted over a busy Los Angeles freeway that read ‘Kanye is right about the Jews’ and ‘Honk if you know.’ Several people were photographed making ‘Heil Hitler’ salutes.