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Adidas Avoids Criticizing Kanye West for His Slavery Remarks

04 May 2018

During an appearance on "TMZ Live" on Tuesday, the rapper discussed his personal relationship with President Donald Trump and other topics. From saying on national TV that "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during Hurricane Katrina to jumping on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to interrupt Taylor Swift's acceptance speech, the rapper has a history of outlandish public comment. "Obviously, I feel deeply for what my ancestors went through, and they went through that so I have this opportunity today to make something of myself, not see myself different than everyone around me".

If West's newfound politics have baffled some longtime fans, the 40-year-old has clear stylistic affinities with Trump - a bombastic round-the-clock presence on Twitter, with musings that appear to be stream-of-consciousness but manage to commandeer each news cycle.

"Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will", he wrote.

His whole thing is that we're choosing to be enslaved by choosing to listen to the media outlets, we're letting people influence our thoughts, influence the way we do things, and I think that's what he meant. They cut out our tongues so we couldn't communicate to each other. And then he deleted some of the tweets.

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"We neither comment nor speculate on every single comment that our external creators are making", Rorsted said in an interview with Bloomberg.

CEO Kasper Rorsted said Thursday that Adidas had not considered dropping West as a designer and celebrity ambassador. "I'm always gonna represent that, but I also represent the world". That's pretty much the party line at this stage. Rorsted played down the impact of West's comments, noting that Adidas earned almost $25 billion in its last fiscal year. While it has not been confirmed that he's living with a mental illness, it is important to note that in November of 2016, Kanye was hospitalized for mental health issues and ended his tour. "We don't want to hear Kanye's music, we don't want to play Kanye on our show, we don't want to talk about Kanye anymore", they said. "We continue to promote that strongly", he told CNBC.

Socialites, do you agree with Jamie Fox? "They don't want nothing to happen to Ye, they just want to beat some sense into me.' I love Daz, I love the Crips, I love the Bloods, I love everyone".

While he stressed how important West was to his brand, Rørsted also added that "there clearly are some comments we don't support".

Adidas Avoids Criticizing Kanye West for His Slavery Remarks