On Tuesday, popular rapper Kanye West declared on Twitter that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in” and would now be “distancing” himself from politics. West, who was seen hugging Donald Trump in the oval office earlier this month, made this statement in respect to ultra-conservative Candace Owens.
Candace Owens is a rising start of the right who was greatly praised by Trump at a gathering of young black conservatives at the White House last week. On the other hand, even though Kanye West’s approval rating among African Americans barely touches double figures, Trump has touted Kanye West as a leading black supporter.
West blamed Owens to be the main reason behind his decision as she “used” him with her Blexit campaign, which urges African Americans to leave the Democratic party. West denied the claim that the concept of Blexit logo was designed by him.
“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine,” West wrote on Twitter. “I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”
He further wrote, “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”
West also felt the need to set the record straight on the other beliefs he had, he tweeted, “I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.”
As the per the media reports, Owens had claimed that the logo and colors of Blexit were designed by Kanye West. As controversy began, she said “BLEXIT is a project that is mine entirely. I am blessed that Ye [West] introduced me to a designer who despite having totally different beliefs than me, helped me craft some beautiful letters that I used on the BLEXIT caps.”
“#BLEXIT is about the beautiful stories of so many black people who have awakened themselves to the possibilities of our future, as Americans. The press is trying to use Kanye’s name to create drama and further divisiveness which is WRONG,” she wrote on Twitter.
Owens, who herself grew in a Democratic household, is now a critic of the party. In one of her tweets, she wrote: “There is no group in America that has been more lied to, more abused, or more taken advantage of by the Democrats than black people.”
In a series of tweets, Kanye also thanked family and friends in supporting his, “actual beliefs and my vision for a better world.”
For now, Kanye would be keeping himself away from the politics, unless he feels there’s a need to share his thoughts again.