Kanye West says he’s distancing himself from politics after “Blexit” merch confusion


 // Oct 31, 2018

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For those not quite keeping score, it has been a relatively taxing year when it comes to making sense of Kanye West and his controversial political affiliations.

However, it appears as though Ye has finally had the last straw with making headlines for reasons other than his art and is now choosing to distance himself from politics.

The rapper's updated mindset arrives after conservative media personality Candace Owens shared merch for her "Blexit" movement, a campaign encouraging voters of color to exit the Democratic party. After news broke that Ye was involved with the campaign and helped design the merch, both the rapper and the political commentator have both shared statements commenting on the matter.

In a series of posts, West wrote about what he supports before going on to thank his family for supporting his "ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world." He then clarifies that he had nothing to do with "Blexit," save for introducing Owens to the person who did design the merch.

"I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine," he wrote. "I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."

From there, Ye shared one more update with fans, one that comes with somewhat of a sigh of relief for his supporters.

"My eyes are now wide open and now realize I've been used to spread messages I don't believe in," West declared. "I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!"

The tweet has since been retweeted over 68,000 times and garnered over 34,000 responses.

Owens herself made a lengthy statement on the situation, taking full responsibility for what happened and apologizing for making West feel "used."

"If I had to imagine what it would feel like to have a bullet pierce my heart, it would be exactly like the moment I learned Kanye told the world he felt I had used him," she wrote in a blog post titled "808s and Heartbreak". "I never once said that Kanye designed the t-shirts for BLEXIT...I would like to publicly apologize to him for any undue stress or pain the effort to correct that rumor has caused him, his business relationships, or his family. He simply never designed them."

West previously shared his outspoken support for the right-wing media personality earlier this year, sharing that he "loves the way she thinks." Owens has previously gone under fire for denouncing the Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movements, for her ultra-conservative views and for her unwavering support of Donald Trump in general.

Perhaps this will also mark the end of West meeting with Donald Trump and sporting a MAGA hat, but alas, only time will tell.

Take a look at Kanye West and Candace Owens' tweets on the matter in the posts below.

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