Kanye West has weighed in on the recent allegations of racial profiling involving luxury department store Barneys New York.
During the Las Vegas stop of his Yeezus Tour, the outspoken rapper ranted about hypocrisy and racism in fashion before referring to Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips, two of the high-end store’s New York City customers allegedly profiled by police and accused of using fraudulent credit cards inside the store. The comments can be heard in a fan video posted to YouTube.
West mashed up the lyrics from his song “New Slaves” to address the Barneys controversy. “That’s that broke n***a racism. Don’t touch anything in the store,” Kanye yelled to packed crowd. “Excuse me that’s that, ‘Can I help you sir?’ That’s that racial profiling out in front of Barneys and sh**. Talking about, ‘Did you steal that?'”
He adds, “And it’s that rich n***a racism, that’s come in… come in Ye please buy more, please buy more… I know you just got some money and can’t wait to spend it n***a.”
The news comes on the heels of an online petition requesting Jay-Z, who collaborated with Barneys for a holiday collection, to end his business relationship with store over the alleged incident. Over the weekend, Hov said in a statement he was “waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys” before he made any decision. Since his clothing collaboration was designed to raise funds for his Shawn Carter Foundation — which provides scholarships to students in need — the rapper adds, “Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education.”
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