Skechers escorted Kanye West from its Los Angeles premises for his “unannounced and uninvited appearance” – Madame Tussauds has removed the controversial rapper’s wax figure from public view.
More and more companies are turning away from the award-winning musician, who has legally changed his name to Ye, for his anti-Semitic rhetoric.
The U.S. shoe company said in a statement that West showed up at one of its corporate offices and then engaged in “unauthorized filming.”
Executives kicked him out of the building after a “brief conversation”, adding in a statement: “Skechers did not consider and has no intention of working with West.
“We condemn his recent divisive rhetoric and do not tolerate anti-Semitism or any other form of hate speech.”
a few days later Adidas ends its lucrative partnership With West – and announced that production of the popular Yeezy series will cease immediately.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Madame Tussauds said: “The figure of Ye has retired from the attractions floor to our archives.
“Each profile earns a place at Madame Tussauds London and we listen to our guests and the public about who they would like to see at the attraction.”
The statue was originally unveiled at the museum in 2015 alongside a wax figure of his then-wife Kim Kardashian.
Over the past few days, Kardashian and her family have called for an end to “terrible violence and hate speech” against the Jewish community.
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Earlier this year, West ranked 1,513th on the Forbes rich list, worth £1.7bn thanks to his fashion brand and deal with Adidas.
But the sportswear brand’s decision to end the partnership meant West was no longer a billionaire and his net worth was reduced to £344 million.
Apparel company Gap Inc, which terminated its partnership with West in September, also took immediate steps to remove Yeezy Gap products from its stores.
Talent agency CAA and Balenciaga fashion house Also cut ties with the 45-year-old — and a full-length documentary about the West has been put on hold.
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said West’s comments were “terrible” but his music would stay on the platform.