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Yasiin Bey Rocks “White Lies Matter” Shirt, Seemingly in Response to Kanye West’s Shirt

On Thursday, Black Star member Yasiin Bey wore a crewneck that read ‘White Lies Matter,’ opposing Ye’s recent controversial statements.

Looks like Yasiin Bey isn’t on Ye’s side this time around. On Thursday (October 6), the Black Star member posted a collaborative image on Instagram with Spanish-Moroccan artist Anuar Khalifi of himself wearing an ensemble that replicated Ye’s recent controversial t-shirt. However, instead of reading ‘White Lives Matter,’ Bey removed the white ‘V’ from the back of the crewneck, the message appearing to be ‘White Lies Matter.’

In another image, Bey models a Virgil Abloh snapback and a sleeveless white shirt with German philosopher Georg Hegel on the front. Despite three different versions of the shirt appearing in Bey and Khalifi’s post, it’s currently unavailable on Khalifi’s online shop. The post’s caption reads “AyYa,” which Khalifi explains is “conceived by artists as a collaboration that brings together their shared interests and ideas, through fashion, art and music.”

The post arrived hours after Ye made an appearance on Fox News talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

“The answer to why I wrote ‘White Lives Matter’ on a shirt is because they do,” Ye said during the televised sit-down, adding, “I do certain things from a feeling. I just channel the energy, it just feels right. It’s using a gut instinct, a connection with God and just brilliance.”

On an episode of Drink Champs that premiered last month, Bey gave props to Ye’s undeniable star power, which he observed early in their friendship.

“It was fairly obvious to me from the get-go where that was headed. It already [was happening] when we met him; he was an amazing producer,” Yasiin said. “He had all the star quality. He was different. He challenged—in my opinion—a lot of the macho notion that’s associated with hip-hop.”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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