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Yay Or Nay?: Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour Merchandise Features Confederate Flag [PHOTOS]

 

From his music to his interviews to his stage shows, Kanye West has a knack for causing controversy. Add tour merchandise to the list since the Yeezus tour paraphernalia the “New Slaves” rapper is peddling at his shows features images of the Confederate flag

For those who may be confused, the Confederate (read: pro-slavery) states lost the Civil War; meaning that chapter when humans were treated as chattel in the United States could at least begin to be closed. Don’t let talk of the flag representing Southern pride fool you, it is a symbol of racism and hate, period.

Nevertheless, West has incorporated the Confederate flag into a couple of the t-shirts being sold at Yeezus tour stops.  The merchandise is a collaboration with artist Wes Lang and includes a tee with emblazoned with a illustration of a skeleton, holding a sickle, that is draped in the flag and another of a skull in front of the flag with the words “I Ain’t Comin Down” surrounding it. We also spotted tote bags. 

West’s buddy and Been Trill  founder, and “style adviser,” posted images of the gear with a caption of the sickle wielding design reading, “Our mama’s were raised in an era when.. The touring merchandise collection of thoughts Doors open in 1 hour #yeezustour #weslang.”

No matter how you try to embrace or sanitize the confederate flag, you cannot undo the vile history it has come to represent. Do you think Yeezy’s crew has seen 12 Years A Slave yet or nah?

Let us know your opinion on West flipping the confederate flag for tour tees in the comments. Check out images of the wares in the gallery.


Photos: Instagram/Virgil Abloh

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Comment Comments: 6 Tags Tags: kanye west, yeezus tour, confederate flag
  • Treezus

    Is this what Kanye West meant when he told Zane he was the future of fashion? If so, then all those little gas stations in Alabama and Mississippi who sell these t-shirts are the future of fashion stores.

  • Jesus

    So “genius”

  • LOOKITUP

    Hahahaha edit the truth… MEDIA!!! You know Kanye is ignorent! Look up the actually history, not what the side who won told you to believe! HISTORY will tell you that the War of Northern Agression (Civil War) was NOT about slavery but about tariffs and taxes on the southern people. Black men fought for the Confederacy bc they wanted too.. HISTORY look it up

    • cabman86

      Another smart one! Lookitup is right about why the states fought. It was about the same thing that is going on now with our government trying to own us when it is we that own them

  • Trish

    More power to him! I disagree with him on alot of things, but I am against silencing the ideas of others. It’s a flag. It’s symbolic of many things, but ultimately it can’t hurt anyone. It’s healthy to discuss controversial things, and it’s healthy to debate them until the truth becomes clear. Personally I think West stereotypes people just as much, if not more than everyone else, but if he wants to raise the debate, good for him. Lets just make sure it’s an honest discussion…not a hate fest.

  • https://twitter.com/JordanDJohnson Jordan

    Its all ugly and demonic looking. Who buys this stuff??