Candace Owens pulls Lizzo into Kanye West’s defense
Conservative commentator Candace Owens clapped back at critics who tore up her and Kanye “Ye” West for wearing “White Lives Matter” shirts – and even brought in music star Lizzo in her speech.
Owens, during part of her Daily Wire podcast, defended her and West’s outfit choices during Paris Fashion Week when she argued black Americans should care more about abortion, “black-on-black” crime, educational standards and obesity that Lizzo had in her Tirade.
“You know what we should have done, we should have put a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt on Lizzo,” Owens said. “Maybe we could have drawn a lot of attention to obesity and how it actually kills black Americans.”
Obesity is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the CDC.
Owens’ rant about the White Lives Matter controversy began right at the start of her show after a photo of her and West in the shirts was posted to social media.
“It’s a profound irony and a sad irony to think that wearing a t-shirt has caused such tremors around the world,” Owens said. “A t-shirt that said ‘White Lives Matters’, which should be implied, right.
“White Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, Asian Lives Matter – it should be implied, but people are angry and they’re vicious online because they can’t believe we have the temerity to distract from the movement, which is a lie : “Black Lives Matter.”
West, now walking past Ye, has faced immense criticism on social media for the “White Lives Matter” statement.
Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith tweeted“I Had To Dip Lol” after leaving West’s fashion show in protest, and later explained it in one series of tweets, “True leaders lead. I don’t care who it is if I don’t feel the message that I’m out. Black Lives Matter. We demand a more progressive future.”
Professor Marc Lamont Hill of Temple University called West’s shirt choice “disgusting”.
“Kanye West’s decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is disgusting, dangerous and irresponsible,” Lamont said Hill raged on Twitter. “Some of you will rush to defend him. You should ask yourself why.”
West also defended the shirt while calling the Black Lives Matter movement a fraud in an Instagram story on Tuesday.