Jason Lee, owner of Hollywood Unlocked, has decided to quit working with Kanye West, after the rapper wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt at his Yeezyashion Show in Paris on Monday.
Lee served as Ye’s head of media and partnerships, and split from the designer on Monday himself, amid public backlash over Ye’s support of the controversial logo. The 45-year-old media personality will now launch his own talk show.
Lee says he is disappointed with Kanye’s support for White Lives Matter
Lee shared a photo of Kanye and Candice Owens wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt and criticized their choice in a lengthy Instagram post. “I love you as a person, and I support freedom of speech. But this enlightens blacks and strengthens white supremacy. I’m not sure if he has any friends left to tell but this is totally frustrating,” he wrote in the caption.
“I will exercise freedom of speech and say, no one in blacks has ever said that white lives don’t matter. But when blacks do that, they just shout out the need to validate whites,” the media personality continued.
Yi has also been criticized for working with Candice Owens, a controversial political commentator. “Not to mention, adding Candice Owens to this picture is not to be blamed. I understand he believes in her right to free speech, but her rhetoric is usually embedded in a self-loathing, determination to promote white supremacy, and she lacks integrity,” he concluded.
However, Lee also thanked Ye on his Instagram story for giving him the opportunity to work with him. He wrote, “Very humble and thank you for the opportunity to work with him but that part of our relationship is over.”
She shocked fans by calling Black Lives Matter a scam
Kanye hasn’t stopped wearing the conservative logo shirt. He doubled down on his stance by posting a story on Instagram on Tuesday morning that read, “Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam now, you’re welcome.”
The 45-year-old rapper is facing a backlash on social media now. Author Mark Lamont Hill called him out by tweeting, “Kanye West’s decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is disgusting, dangerous and irresponsible. Some of you will be quick to defend it. You should ask yourselves why…”
Jason Lee is now making Hollywood Unlocked a media empire
After breaking up with Kanye, Lee is now looking to expand his project, Hollywood Unlocked, and turn it into a futuristic media empire. “I prefer to do what I do for the 100,000 loyal people who will show up every time because these ‘core fans’ will allow me to live my life the way I want to, which will allow me to build and expand my business the way I want to,” he said in a recent interview.
He is also working on his new project, Jason Lee Showof whom he said, “At Hollywood Unlocked Studios, I built my first set of Jason Lee shows. I’m building the second set, which is dynamic, I close all my partnership deals, and I’m still in control of my brand and product.”
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