Kanye West defends his ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirts: ‘They do’ matter – Page Six

Kanye West defended his controversial “White Lives Matter” T-shirts in a Wednesday Instagram post. 

“Here’s my latest response when people ask me why I made a tee that says white lives matter… THEY DO,” the rapper, 45, captioned a photo of a black, long-sleeved version of the garment spread out on the floor. 

Conservative media personality Candace Owens — who posed in one of the shirts at West’s Paris Fashion Week presentation, where he debuted them — left a series of crying-laughing emojis in the comments section.

Sources close to West told Page Six this week that the hip-hop star-turned-fashion designer is baffled by the backlash that his YZY Season Nine collection received.

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Kanye West stands behind his controversial “White Lives Matter” T-shirts.

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Kanye West stands behind his controversial “White Lives Matter” T-shirts.

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“He thinks it’s a PC thing,” said an insider. “He wants to give a voice to the ‘other side’ [of the race debate in America].” They added, “He doesn’t understand why people aren’t seeing that.”

Front-row guest Jaden Smith left the show immediately when he saw the designs. West was subsequently criticized by a phalanx of journalists, activists and public figures.

Supermodel Gigi Hadid is among his most notable detractors. She blasted West while defending Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson in a heated Instagram comment.

He had cruelly mocked Karefa-Johnson’s style choices for not approving of his widely condemned merchandise.

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The rapper debuted the design at his YZY Season Nine presentation during Paris Fashion Week.

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Kanye West wears a White Lives Matter sweater as he celebrates with fans in Paris

The rapper debuted the design at his YZY Season Nine presentation during Paris Fashion Week.

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“You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha…If there’s actually a point to any of your s–t she might be the only person that could save u,” Hadid, 27, wrote under a post West shared. 

Vogue ultimately shared a statement in support of their employee. 

“Vogue stands with Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, our global fashion editor at large and longtime contributor. She was personally targeted and bullied. It is unacceptable,” the magazine wrote in a Tuesday Instagram post

“Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed and in a private meeting with Ye today she once again spoke her truth in a way she felt best, on her terms.”

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West has been criticized by a phalanx of journalists, activists and public figures in the wake of his fashion show.

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According to the New York Times, the Anti-Defamation League has called the phrase “White Lives Matter” — which was coined as a rejoinder to the Black Lives Matter movement — “hate speech and attributed [it] to white supremacists (including the Ku Klux Klan).”

Before Wednesday’s post, West wrote on Instagram, “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam now it’s over you’re welcome.”