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Jason Lee Quits Working with Kanye West Amid the Rapper’s ‘White Lives Matter’ T-Shirt Backlash

Jason Lee, the owner of Hollywood Unlocked, has decided to quit working with Kanye West, after the rapper wore a ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt for his Yeezy Fashion Show in Paris on Monday.

Lee worked as head of media and partnerships for Ye, and parted ways with the designer on Monday itself, amid public backlash over Ye supporting the controversial slogan. The 45 year old media personality will now work on launching his own talk show.

Lee says he is Disappointed with Kanye’s ‘White Lives Matter’ Support

Lee shared a photo of Kanye and Candace Owens wearing the ‘White Lives Matter’ t-shirt and panned their choice in a long post on Instagram. “I love Ye as a person, and I support free speech. But this is gaslighting black people and empowering white supremacy. Not sure if he has any friends left to tell him but this is utterly disappointing,” he wrote in the caption.

“I’m going to exercise free speech and say, nobody black has ever said that white lives don’t matter. But when black people do this it just screams the need for white validation,” the media personality continued.

He also criticized Ye for working with  Candace Owens, a controversial political commentator. “Not to mention, adding Candace Owens to this photo is beyond reprehensible. I understand he believes in her right to free speech but her speech is typically embedded in self hate, a determination to promote white supremacy, and she lacks integrity. This is sad,” he concluded writing.

However, Lee also thanked Ye in an Instagram story for giving him the opportunity to work with him. “Very humble and thankful to Ye for the opportunity to work with him but that part of our relationship has come to an end,” he posted.

Ye Shocked Fans by Calling ‘Black Lives Matter’ a Scam

Kanye did not just stop at wearing the conservative slogan t-shirt. He doubled down on his stand by posting an Instagram story on Tuesday morning that read, “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam now it’s over you’re welcome.”

The 45 year old rapper has been facing backlash on social media now. Author Marc Lamont Hill called him out by tweeting, “Kanye West decision to wear a “White Lives Matter” shirt is disgusting, dangerous, and irresponsible. Some of y’all will rush to defend him. You should ask yourselves why…”

Jason Lee is now Working on making Hollywood Unlocked a Media Empire

After parting ways with Kanye, Lee is now looking forward to expanding his venture, Hollywood Unlocked, and turning it into a future media empire. “I would rather do what I do for the 100,000 loyal people who will show up every time” because those core fans “will let me live my life the way that I want that will let me build and scale my business the way that I want,” he said in a recent interview.

He is also working on his new project, The Jason Lee Show, about which he said, “At Hollywood Unlocked Studios, I built the first Jason Lee show set. I’m building the second set, which is dynamic, I’m closing all my partnership deals, and I’m still staying in control of my brand and my product.”

What are your thoughts about Lee standing up against Ye’s ideology and quitting his work? Tell us in the comments section.



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