Kanye West Sports MAGA Hat While Repping Colin Kaepernick
publish date: 2018-09-27
New York, NY – Kanye West was sending out some mixed messages while at The FADER headquarters this week. Rocking his infamous MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat, he was also wearing a white sweatshirt with Colin Kaepernick's name written across the front.
Whether it was intentional remains a mystery. He does explain in a video posted to social media that he's 'redesigned' the hat.
'The elephant in the room is I wear my hat, right?' he says. 'But it's my hat. I redesigned it. I changed the brim and changed the shape right here. And I put positive energy into that hat.'
“But it’s my hat, I redesigned it. I changed the brim, I mean I changed the shape right here and I put positive energy into the hat.” @kanyewest at the @thefader offices this morning.
🎥 @Jasonmpeterson pic.twitter.com/uhYZHb7L5U
— TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) September 27, 2018
Kanye has raised several eyebrows due to his outspoken support of Donald Trump but he says it's nothing more than'free thinking.' But to many, the MAGA is a symbol of racism and hate, while Kaepernick's activism has become a beacon for justice, unity and peace.
After the former San Francisco 49er released his Nike ad, 'Ye supported his efforts.
'I stand for giving everyone a voice,' he said. 'Adidas giving me a voice and Nike giving Colin voice on a big business level makes the world a more advanced place.'
I stand for giving everyone a voice. Adidas giving me a voice and Nike giving Colin voice on a big business level makes the world a more advanced place.
— ye (@kanyewest) September 10, 2018
'Ye's conflicting messages weren't lost on Twitter users. Many viewed the stunt as a cheap marketing ploy for his upcoming album Yandhi while others are convinced he hasn't left the sunken place.
Check out some of the reactions below.
Kanye West wearing a MAGA hat and a Colin Kaepernick sweatshirt to the Fader offices to push Yandhi is peak cognitive dissonance and clickbait, but more importantly it’s a 0/10 fit
— 𝖇𝖗𝖔𝖆𝖟𝖆𝖞 (@broazay) September 27, 2018
I wonder if he thinks this trolling makes people want to buy his music? RT @HipHopWired: Sunken Place MAGA Hat Rocker Kanye West Says New Album Drops Saturday http://t.co/HD75ioj2Pi pic.twitter.com/NW5WRE4h9p
— Beige Boy Bob (@ali_N_pdx) September 27, 2018
I’m dropping an album tonight. Let me wear a MAGA hat and Kaepernick sweatshirt to get people to talk about me- Kanye West Mind
— Terrence Garrett (@BigTG559) September 27, 2018
Kanye West is the Mr. Magoo of MAGA
— I’m Gary (@noyokono) September 27, 2018
I dont know if @kanyewest is really sick or becoming the biggest attention whore since his wife! He still rockin the MAGA hat. He a sell out 🗑
— Certified Fresh (@DCFresh) September 27, 2018
A @Kaepernick7 sweater with a MAGA hat….. Unbelievable Kanye West…. http://t.co/Hkxp5AuZDR
— Juan Guerra (@lunchBoxx89) September 27, 2018
Kanye West really rockin’ a MAGA hat with a Colin Kaepernick shirt? This dude ain’t left the sunken place. He has truly lost it…
— David A. 🙏🏾🎧🤔 (@DavidAlwaysWins) September 27, 2018
Kanye prolly think he’s “bringing people together” by wearing a Kaep sweater and a MAGA hat…. but nah, I’m not here for it pic.twitter.com/56OGUolNPT
— Brilliance (@GreatBrilliance) September 27, 2018