Kanye West-inspired merchandise is reportedly being sold by various retailers online that use Ne0’s Nazi designs along with his Ye24 campaign logo.
Marketplaces sell, among other things, t-shirts with Kanye’s 2024 presidential logo, but made into a pair of anti-Semitic swastikas.
There are t-shirts that also use the swastika inside a Star of David, which Kanye tweeted out at the top of December, and what ultimately led to his Twitter suspension by Elon Musk for violating the company’s hate speech guidelines.
Anti-hate groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Combat Antisemitism Movement have spoken out against the sale of the items.
“Disturbed to see sites selling swastika-themed merchandise in support of Yes’s presidential bid. Some of the symbols appear to have originated among white supremacist trolls on 4chan in November and have since been incorporated into merch by online sellers, including print -on-demand platforms,” ADL wrote.
“It doesn’t matter if the sellers of this merch are trying to make money or spread hate. Reputable platforms have a responsibility to put a stop to it. Thanks to those who already have.”
It doesn’t matter if the sellers of this merch are trying to make money or spread hate. Reputable platforms have a responsibility to put an end to it. Thanks to those who already have.
— ADL (@ADL) 29 December 2022
There is no evidence that Kanye West is involved in the sale of the item.
Kanye has apparently been laying low in recent weeks after making headlines with his controversial antics and antisemitic remarks which resulted in the loss of many of his partnerships such as Balenciaga, Gap, Def Jam and adidas.
His name was linked to a hate crime earlier this month when he was older Jewish man was assaulted in New York City’s Central Park.
Authorities reported that the assailant made several anti-Semitic remarks before yelling “Kanye 2024” and walking away. The victim was taken to an area hospital where he was treated for a chipped tooth and a broken hand.
This is not the first time Kanye West’s name has been used by others to support their anti-Semitic beliefs.
In October a group called The Goyim Defense League staged a protest in Los Angeles by hanging several signs from a motorway bridge. One sign read: “Kanye is right about the Jews.”