Kanye West, who legally changed his first name to ‘Ye,’ appeared on Tucker Carlson on Thursday to address the controversial “White Lives Matter” t-shirt he wore on Monday at the YZY fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.
West has faced vehement backlash since wearing the t-shirt alongside Candace Owens, a Black conservative commentator who also wore the t-shirt.
After taking to Instagram to defend himself, West met with Carlson on Thursday to address the controversy on mainstream television.
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Carlson prefaced the interview by inviting viewers to see for themselves if West is as crazy as liberal media outlets portray him to be.
As the interview began, Carlson gestured towards a badge around West’s neck.
“It’s a photograph of a baby’s ultrasound,” West explained. “It represents life; I’m pro-life.”
When asked what type of response he receives to the badge, West said he did not care about other people’s responses.
“I don’t care about the responses, I care about the fact that there’s more Black babies being aborted than born in New York City at this point,” West replied. “So I don’t really care about people’s response.”
“I perform for an audience of one, and that’s God,” he added.
When questioned about the “White Lives Matter” t-shirt, West said, “As an artist, you don’t have to give an explanation, but as a leader, you do.”
“So, the answer to why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on a shirt is because, they do,” he stated. “It’s the obvious thing.”
Later in the interview, West talked about how he discovered during his marriage to Kim Kardashian that she was being influenced by the Clintons, and they attempted to silence his support for former President Donald Trump.
“Every single person in Hollywood, from my ex-wife, to my mother-in-law, to my manager at that time, to, you know, my so-called friends/handlers around me, told me like if I said that I like Trump that my career will be over, that my life would be over,” West said. “They said stuff like people get killed for wearing a [MAGA] hat like that.”
West famously went on to wear the “Make America Great Again” hat anyway and met with Trump in the Oval Office in 2018.
In the far-ranging interview, West also acknowledged his dislike of the Kushners, stating that he believes they may have held Trump back during his presidency.
West emphasized that he may not be perfect, but even “Moses stuttered,” and what is more important is that thinkers and creators like him have the liberty to express themselves, whether the public agrees with them or not.