Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Black male approval for President Trump doubles in one week — Reuters Poll

Black male approval for President Trump doubles in one week — Reuters Poll

Do you think President Donald J. Trump's increase in support among black men is a result of Kanye West's comments or something else?

Rorsted did mention, however, that Adidas will "look into other violations of code of conduct" in regard to Kanye, "and then eventually we'll make up our opinion on what we do moving forward".

When pressed by the Bloomberg TV host on his take of Kanye's comments, Rosted refused to elaborate, saying, "Kanye has been a fantastic creator and that's where I'm going to leave it. That sounds like a choice", he said, which, of course: It wasn't. West has received a huge backlash from the left for professing his "love" for the President and posting a photo in a red "Make America Great Again" hat.

"You hear about slavery for 400 years".

Adidas bosses are standing by Kanye West and will not drop his Yeezy brand after his controversial comments calling slavery "a choice". Kanye said he was addicted to opioids that doctors prescribed after he received liposuction.

"Like, you was there for 400 years and it's all a y'all?"

Some of those tweets have since been deleted.

Whether he is mentally ill, showing his genius or both, there is no denying that Kanye West has been making waves just about everywhere online and it could all be part of a bigger plan. "Kanye will always be a friend of mine & although I might not necessarily agree with his views on certain topics, that is what separate us as individuals". It's like we're mentally in prison. Why would someone that has so much put himself in such harm's way and in the direct line of fire? Specifically, in the African American community, some of us think mental illness is not real, others think you can pray it away or limit it to those who talk to themselves.

Feminist writer Roxane Gay tweeted, "I don't have the energy for nonsense but Kanye saying slavery was a choice reiterates my previous statements about how unsafe his trite, shallow ramblings are". 8,537 supporters signed the petition at press time.

While he stressed how important West was to his brand, Rørsted also added that "there clearly are some comments we don't support". However, these examples highlight the complexities of mental illness and how many of us are quick to just think it is amusing.

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