Kanye West Escorted Out Of Skechers After End of Deal With Adidas

Kanye West

Kanye West showed up unannounced to Skechers corporate offices on Wednesday in Manhattan Beach, California, a day after Adidas terminated its multimillion-dollar partnership with the rapper. Skechers issued a statement saying the company has no plans to collaborate with West.

“Skechers is not considering and has no intention of working with West. We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech. The Company would like to again stress that West showed up unannounced and uninvited to Skechers corporate offices,” a representative for the company said.

The spokesperson confirmed two Skechers executives escorted West and his party from the building after a brief conversation as the fashion designer “was engaged in unauthorised filming.”

West has made multiple anti-Semitic remarks in recent weeks and has refused to walk any of the statements back. It’s led to the first real business consequences the 45-year-old rapper has ever faced.

After West taunted Adidas and declared that the company can’t drop him given their successful Yeezy partnership, the brand did just that following widespread outrage.

According to Forbes, Adidas terminating the deal which accounted for $1.5 billion of West’s net worth made the entrepreneur lose his billionaire status, something he frequently boasts about. Although he’s still worth an estimated $400 million, the hits keep coming.

“At TJX we do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or hate of any kind. We have instructed our buying teams not to purchase this merchandise for sale in any of our stores globally,” the retailer told CNN Business on Wednesday. TJX owns off-price retail chains TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Marshalls. Balenciaga, Gap and Foot Locker have made similar announcements.

One major company sticking by West is Spotify. The music streaming giant said it will not remove the Grammy winner’s music unless his label requests that to happen.

Spotify Chief, Daniel Ek explained to Reuters that if West made the “awful comments” on a podcast, the material would be pulled as it violates its policies, which prohibit hate speech. However, West’s songs do not violate that policy.


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