More than 150,000 people sign petition calling on Adidas to dump Kanye West as a collaborator
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As the ‘Runaway’ rapper was most recently dropped by his talent agency CAA, there are now demands for the sneaker and apparel company to follow in their footsteps.
A Change.org petition was launched by the group Campaign Against Antisemitism, and has so far racked up tens of thousands of signatures and counting.
The petition references Ye’s most recent outbursts in which he penned to Instagram: “Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me."
Two days later, West tweeted: “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con [sic] 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”
The petition also make note of Ye’s appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, where he told hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN: “The thing about me and Adidas is like, I can literally say anti-Semitic s**t and they can’t drop me.
"I can say antisemitic things and Adidas can’t drop me. Now what?”
The open letter added: “By continuing to align itself with a public figure who has revealed himself to be a virulent antisemite, Adidas would be demonstrating that it does not care about racism against Jews.”
Celebrities have also called on the German multinational corporation to sever ties with the rapper, as Kat Dennings tweeted: “The world is watching, @adidas.”
Aside from his inflammatory comments about the Jewish community, Ye has also sparked outrage by designing ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirts, which he debuted alongside Candace Owens at Paris Fashion Week last month.
Following the scandal, Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, reportedly stated that she has no future plans to work with West and she no longer considers him a close friend.
An inside source told Page Six: “Anna has had enough. She has made it very clear inside Vogue that Kanye is no longer part of the inner circle."
Additionally, while speaking to the fashion website Women's Wear Daily (WWD), Balenciaga's parent company Kering confirmed that it had terminated its partnership with the artist.
They said: "Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist."
UNILAD has reached out to Adidas for comment on their relationship with Kanye West in the wake of his controversial comments.