Kanye West Designs 'Blexit' Apparel

The performer promotes a 'Blexit' from the Democrats
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2018 5:30 PM CDT
Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, left, chats with Kanye West during a "pull-up" rally Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Chicago.   (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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(Newser) – Black conservatives, rejoice: Kanye has made you a T-shirt. Kanye West's new apparel line—which urges blacks to ditch the Democrats in a so-called "Blexit"—was unveiled Saturday at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, a meeting for young black conservatives, per the New York Post. "Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West," says TPUSA Communications Director Candace Owens. West didn't attend but was there "in spirit," she says. The apparel line includes shirts featuring a human form in the shape of an "X" and the text "Blexit" or "We Free," per the Guardian.

The release coincided with politically charged messages like Owens tweeting an image of MAGA and Blexit caps side-by-side, and articles on Blexit.com depicting Democrats as racists and Republicans as heroes. But Vanity Fair notes that Owens, also a TV pundit and YouTube star, later downplayed the political angle, saying, "Let's not politicize love." She also appeared to backpedal on West's creative input: "I said on stage that my friend and fellow superhero helped me design the 'X' for Blexit. ... Everyone who knows him asks him for advice on design." (Kanye recently met with President Trump and released a "stream of consciousness.")

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