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Yexit: Kanye West ‘distancing’ from politics, wants nothing to do with ‘Blexit’

Weeks after visiting the White House and performing a controversial pro-Trump rant on Saturday Night Live, Kanye West wants to step away from all the politics.

The rapper tweeted he was being “used” and told TMZ he was specifically referencing Blexit, a conservative campaign funded by activist Candace Owens to encourage African Americans to leave the Democratic Party. The word, which stands for Black exit, is a play on Brexit (British exit).

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When T-shirts with the Blexit logo made the rounds at a conservative black leadership summit over the weekend and went on sale at Blexit.com, Owens told the New York Post that West was behind the designs.

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“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,” she told the Post. “[He] has taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have.”

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She backtracked on her comment to the publication, telling her Twitter followers that “Ye introduced me to a designer.”

Shortly after critics began slamming West for his assumed role in the design, West took to Twitter to clear things up.

 

“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.”

But it didn’t end there.

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“My eyes are wide open and now I realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he wrote. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

In the string of tweets Tuesday (below), West expressed appreciation for those who have stood by his side.

“I would like to thank my family, loved ones, and community for supporting my ACTUAL beliefs and my vision for a better world.”

About the Author

Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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