Adidas is being called on to sever ties with Kanye West over his antisemitic comments
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Calls are growing for Adidas to sever its ties with Kanye West as new pictures emerge that the 45-year-old's anti-semitic message is spreading in the United States.
Photos taken in Los Angeles show a group of people standing on an overpass with multiple banners that have anti-semitic slogans, including 'Kanye is right about the Jews'.
It is understood that the photograph was taken at LA's 405 highway.
BREAKING: Neo-nazis hang a banner that reads, “Kanye is right about the Jews” today on the 405 highway in Los Angeles. Adidas STILL hasn’t ended its business relationship with racist Trumper Kanye West. RT TO DEMAND THAT ADIDAS END ALL BUSINESS TIES WITH KANYE WEST IMMEDIATELY! pic.twitter.com/2CbdVQPQi7— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) October 23, 2022
A Nazi salute paired with "Kanye is right about the Jews" in Los Angeles.— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) October 23, 2022
Is this on brand @adidas? pic.twitter.com/8vd0Jbcj1l
“kanye is just trolling it’s not like anyone takes him seriously lol” pic.twitter.com/jHKmFZVYXf— matt (@mattxiv) October 23, 2022
Those waving the banners also appear to be performing Nazi salutes.
The Independent reports the group belong to the Goyim Defense League, which is a bunch of 'virulently antisemitic conspiracy theorists'.
Shortly after the pictures made their way to social media, users began to call on Adidas to sever its ties with the controversial rapper.
One social media user wrote: "A Nazi salute paired with 'Kanye is right about the Jews. in Los Angeles. Is this on brand Adidas?"
A second added: "Not only has Adidas remained silent on Ye’s anti-semitism, even as hate groups celebrate his dangerous rhetoric, they doubled down on their relationship, scheduling the release of new Kanye products. We must keep pressure on Adidas to run away from hate."
It is time for @adidas to drop its partnership with @kanyewest. Kanye is a blatant antisemite, and should not be allowed to continue this partnership.— Aaron Parnas (@AaronParnas) October 22, 2022
I will not be purchasing from Adidas until they #DropKanye.
Hey @adidas, the fact that you haven’t dropped Kanye yet tells me you support Nazis and antisemitism. pic.twitter.com/mol9quRBs4— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) October 23, 2022
While a third said: "It is time for Adidas to drop its partnership with Kanye West. Kanye is a blatant antisemite, and should not be allowed to continue this partnership. I will not be purchasing from Adidas until they drop Kanye."
Kanye West recently boasted on a Drink Champs episode that he could continue spewing controversial comments and the clothing brand won't walk away from him.
Ye said in the clip: "The thing about it being Adidas — I can say antisemitic things and Adidas can't drop me. Now what? Now what?”
Kanye:— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) October 21, 2022
“The thing about it being Adidas — I can say antisemitic things and Adidas can't drop me. Now what? Now what?”
He said in an interview with Piers Morgan that while he was sorry for causing 'confusion' with his antisemitic comments, he didn't back down.
"I fought fire with fire. I’m not here to get hosed down," he said.
Ye added: "I feel like I caused hurt and confusion and I’m sorry for the families that had nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through."
Adidas has so far remained silent on their partnership with the rapper, despite multiple brands distancing themselves from the Runaway performer.
French fashion house Balenciaga announced it was cutting ties with the rapper in the wake of his 'White Lives Matter' T-shirts and his anti-Semitic comments.
"Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist," parent company Kering revealed.
Vogue has also revealed eponymous editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had made it clear 'that Kanye is no longer part of the inner circle'.
Adidas has been approached for comment.
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