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Candace Owens and Kanye West's relationship revealed

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The story of Kanye West’s nearly two decades of fame is punctuated by news-making partnerships. In the old days there was Kanye and Jay-Z, Kanye and Cudi. There was Kanye and Virgil for a while – as in fashion designer Abloh He was a fellow trainee at Fendi and later became the creative director of his agency Donda. And of course, for nearly a decade, Americans have been swarming with Kanye and Kim (and their eccentrically named child brood).

Now, a more recent partnership is getting its moment of scrutiny: Kanye and Candace.

Candace Owens, a 33-year-old conservative activist, talk show host, and provocateur, has lurked on the fringes of Ye’s stardom for several years. Recently, he stepped in to share the spotlight. Earlier this month, the Chicago-born 45-year-old rapper and designer, formerly known as Kanye West and legally changing his name to Ye, hosted a fashion show in Paris where both he and Owens wore long-sleeved shirts. “White Lives Matter” is written on the back. Shortly afterwards, when Ye was suspended by Instagram and Twitter for an anti-Semitic post, Owens came to his defense, insisting that “no honest person” would find his words truly antisemitic. And finally, on Monday, Ye announced plans to acquire Parler, a social network popular with conservatives. Its CEO is George Farmer, whom Owens married in 2019 at Trump Winery in Charlottesville.

It’s hard to separate Ye’s friendship with Owens from his abrupt return to conservative politics. In late November 2016, he said on stage that if he had actually voted, he would have voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. He met with the elected president in December 2016 to discuss “multicultural issues,” and the two seemed to have established a friendly relationship at the time.

Still, it was 2018 that marked it. Ye’s mutual admiration relationship with Owens goes public. In April of that year, Ye tweeted out She said she liked “the way Candace Owens thinks”. At the time, Owens was communications director for Turning Point USA, a student-focused conservative nonprofit. Days later, Owens and Ye, wearing a MAGA hat, paid a visit to TMZ headquarters together – where the latter made the provocative, now infamous statement that slavery was “a choice.”

“When all this happened, the immediate reaction from many of his loyal Black fans and many fans who were non-black and liberal or Democrat was that a lot of people were hurt by it,” says Joshua Wright. He teaches history at Trinity Washington University and recently “’Wake Up, Mr. West’: The Double Consciousness of Kanye West and Black Celebrities,” Dr.

“There was a lot of talk about Kanye West and the ‘sunken place’ and people were comparing it to the movie ‘Get Out’, which depicts a world where a black person’s consciousness can be sent into purgatory while his body is still. A white person lives. Wright said multiple prominent Black radio hosts would have stopped playing Ye’s music at that time.

Of course, at the same time, “The comments turned off a section of the population who loved him, but brought him a whole new fan base who hadn’t paid attention to him in the past,” Wright says. “In recent years, Kanye has become more involved in Christian circles and is really closely tied to the Evangelical church base in the south. Most of these people tend to be Trump supporters. They tend to be conservative.”

In that fall, things went wrong between Ye and Owens for a short while. Several broadcasters reported that Ye designed t-shirts for Owens’ “Blexit” campaign, which urged Black voters to leave the Democratic Party. Owens told Page Six: “I’m happy to say that this logo, these colors were created by my dear friend and superhero friend Kanye West.” Ye, however, denied his involvement a tweet“I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t ask for her name, so she used mine,” she wrote. “I never wanted to have a relationship with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it.”

“Kanye has this pattern that I’ve noticed in recent years: being close to people, getting along with them, having a really bad argument with those people sometimes, and then — maybe he wants to say that he means Christianity or whatever — he’s making peace with these people,” he says. Wright.” He and Jay-Z had a famous disagreement. He and Drake got into a famous disagreement. But they fixed everything.”

Indeed, Owens apologized in his statement. (“I didn’t even say once that Kanye designed the T-Shirts for BLEXIT,” he wrote. “I want to apologize to him in general for the undue stress or pain this rumor has caused to him, his work relationships, or his business relationships, or his family.”) The next month, Ye tweeted a photo A copy of Owens’ new book.

This year, nearly 12 months into Ye’s legal divorce from Kim Kardashian West, Ye made headlines once again when she claimed that Kardashian West was keeping her from seeing her four children and accused her of putting their eldest daughter on social media against her will. . . (Kardashian West responded in a post right after: “As the primary caregiver and parent to our children, I am doing my best to protect our daughter, and at the same time allow her to express her creativity in any setting with adult supervision—because it brings her happiness.” )

Owens came to Ye’s defense, to tweet: “Who is wrong about this? … It’s actually Kanye trying to protect his daughter in this regard, which Kim translates as ‘obsession’ and ‘control’. And on Wednesday, two days after the social media posts that got her account banned from Twitter, Ye attended the Nashville premiere of Owens’ documentary project, “The Biggest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM.” Discussing the film on a podcast a few days later, Ye announced that Floyd died in 2020 not from police brutality but from fentanyl use.

(Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of Floyd’s murder, and although autopsies showed large amounts of fentanyl were found in Floyd’s system, medical professionals and witnesses testified that Floyd was the victim of murder, not an overdose. Floyd’s family, Ye’ She is considering suing him over her allegations.)

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Of course, Ye’s recent controversial headlines are the newest in a career that more or less consists of them – and his recent rapprochement with far-right figures like Owens and Trump was perhaps predictable. From Wright’s point of view, Ye’s conservative politics were in plain sight from the very beginning. “Going back to her debut album, ‘The College Dropout’, almost every album says something with a bit of conservatism in it,” Wright says. “We can look at it now … and say, ‘Oh,’ but we hadn’t seen it back then.” (Indeed, like most Republican elected officials today, “The College Dropout” is skeptical of the importance of higher education in America.)

Plus, Wright says, Ye’s openly dissident, unfounded views are partly what made him successful from the start – putting Owens in a kind of good mood right now. “If everyone says it’s rainy or cold outside, Kanye says no, it’s sunny,” Wright says. “Everybody loved Kanye when he said, ‘George Bush doesn’t care about Black people. Amid the much-criticized handling of the then-president’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina, he had everyone cheering him up. But then, after a palpable shift in cultural and political power, “everyone loved Obama, so they had to love Trump.” (The Washington Post has requested a comment from representatives of both Owens and Ye.)

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Owens is also known for his provocative stances: He has expressed opposition to coronavirus protocols such as mask and vaccine mandates, and that the protests after Floyd’s death were funded by George Soros and the 2020 election was “fraudulent.”

“Candace always says things that the vast majority of Black audiences—young liberals, White liberals, anyone who might like Kanye—would disagree with,” Wright adds. “Kanye is a dissident and he is a dissident. Both are controversial. Lightning sticks.”

Still, Wright disagrees with those who prophesied that Ye’s close relationship with Owens would permanently discredit him from the American public. “I think if enough time passes – and maybe another good album, good fashion, whatever – there will be excitement,” Wright says. “A sizable segment of the population will probably forgive him and get over it.”