Kanye West is commenting on the thoughts and his thoughts on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter after a week of financial fallout from anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews.
In a 16-minute rambling video shared on YouTube Saturday by WmgLab Records, which appeared to have been recorded at some point after Adidas ended its business relationship with West on Tuesday, the artist appeared to be sending a message to the crowd gathered at the building. A group of paparazzi outside spoke to bystanders.
“I think Adidas feels like because everyone is banding together against me, they have the right to take my designs,” West told a small group.
“I feel like this is God humiliating me right now,” he continued. “Because two things are going on. A lot of times when I say ‘I’m the richest black man’ it’s going to be a defense that I use in mental health conversations. … What’s happening now is I am humble.
West went on to address his backlash over the suggestion that George Floyd’s death was caused by fentanyl use in a recent podcast interview.
“When the idea of Black Lives Matter came along, it brought us together as a people,” he said. “So, I say this, I question the death of George Floyd, it hurts my people. It hurts black people. So, I want to apologize for hurting them [sic] Because now God has shown me through what Adidas has done, through what the media has done, I know what it’s like to have a knee on my neck right now. So I thank you that God humbled me and let me know how it really feels. Because how can the richest black people have low self-esteem other than being a billionaire for comments in front of everyone. ”
West also talked about his “exhaustion” from wearing a MAGA hat that was “misdiagnosed” as a mental illness, and his refusal to take medication, which he said would put him “on the side” with Michael Jackson or Prince. Grains”.
“At a time like this, if I’m on medication right now, it’s probably going to switch a pill and then Michael Jackson or Prince again,” West said.
He also compared himself to Emmett Till, who was brutally lynched at age 14 in 1955, and at times said he felt like Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr.
“I’m just not worried. Period,” West said in response to someone in the crowd asking if he was worried he was ruining his legacy. “God is alive.”
The West was mentioned in signs held by anti-Semitic demonstrators in Los Angeles over the weekend and this weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. In the video, West did not apologize for his anti-Semitic remarks, but appeared to try to distance himself from any “hate groups.”
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“I have no affiliation with any hate groups,” West said at the end of the prayer. “If any hatred happens to any Jew, it’s irrelevant (gestures to oneself) because I ask everyone to walk in love.”