Kanye West says he’s “distancing himself from politics,” claims he’s been “used”

West claimed he “never wanted any association” with Blexit, a right-wing group founded by Candace Owens.

October 30, 2018
Kanye West says he’s “distancing himself from politics,” claims he’s been “used” Kanye West in the Oval office of the White House on October 11, 2018.   Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images

Kanye West has renounced his recent political overtures and vowed to "completely [focus] on being creative" in a series of tweets. "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in," he wrote.

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West's also tweeted a disavowal of BLEXIT, a right-wing group encouraging African-American to leave the Democratic Party founded by Candace Owens. Owens initially named West as the designer behind merchandise for BLEXIT, but later clarified that West had provided "advice on design" and introduced her to another designer. Kanye writes that the unnamed designer "didn't want their name on it so [Owens] used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."

Read both of Kanye's tweets below.

On Tuesday, The FADER revealed that the BLEXIT website was created using stolen photographs and stock images of black people.

West's posts come two weeks after a recent trip to the White House and a (literal) embrace of President Donald Trump and his far-right policy. During a meeting in the Oval Office ostensibly about prison reform and manufacturing in Chicago, West claimed wearing a Make America Great Again hat made him "feel like Superman."

After a trip to Uganda to record his album Yandhi, West returned to Chicago and endorsed Democratic mayoral candidate Amara Enyia with a $73,540 donation.

The FADER has reached out to Kanye West's representative for comment.

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Kanye West says he’s “distancing himself from politics,” claims he’s been “used”