Every day seems to bring a new petition against Kanye West. The latest one at Change.org aims to get consumers to boycott Adidas because they are partnering with Kanye West with shoes. The mission statement is harsh.
“Kanye West is a zero-talent egomaniac, a racist, and a person who doesn’t deserve to have an athletic company embrace him with a shoe. Consumers need to boycott Adidas to spread the message that we won’t allow bad people to profit off of bad behavior.”
As expected, some of the signatures on the petition say more about the people signing it than Kanye West.
“Kanye West is ugly, has no talent, and should not even be allowed to step onto this Earth/forget about Adidas!” writes Percy Ramirez of East Orange, New Jersey.
“I am very pro-life, but looking at Kanye West makes me more pro-abortion,” writes David Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada.
At least one person tried to be objective when signing the petition.
“Some of the signatures here are pathetic and don’t help the cause. I am boycotting Adidas because I think Kanye West’s behavior shouldn’t represent any brand,” claims Paolo Soriano of Broadway, Ohio.
The New York Daily News was the first source last week to announce that Adidas was going to release another Kanye West shoe, the all-black Yeezy Boost 350.
“After the frenzy caused by Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost 350 June release in a white colorway, the rapper and Adidas Originals announced the upcoming global debut of the sneaker’s all-black version, coming Aug. 22.”
The article went on to note that the shoes, which supposedly fit like a second skin, are supposed to offer an amazing level of comfort, performance, and style. No matter how amazing the shoes may be, Kanye West’s name causes a lot of controversy. He has been the subject of several boycotts this year, including boycotts for his appearance at London’s Glastonbury festival and Canada’s Pan-American Games.
Had all these petitions come out ten years ago, Kanye West could just laugh them off. However, they come as a time where Kanye’s record sales are dismal and his latest two singles, especially his collaboration with Paul McCartney, have failed to make a strong impact.
Still, the fact that companies such as Adidas still use Kanye West could prove that record sales don’t matter as much as they used to. After all, as Complex reported, Apple Music is in negotiations to debut West’s upcoming album SWISH. Perhaps Kanye West will be around for a long time, despite the wish from his critics that he would just fade away.
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