Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, was escorted out of Skechers Los Angeles-area office after arriving unannounced, the company said on Wednesday.
The company, which is based in Manhattan Beach, California, issued a statement that it “has no intention of working with West,” after he was dropped by Adidas and Balenciaga — as well as by his agency CAA — for his hateful antisemitic comments.
“We condemn his recent divisive remarks and do not tolerate antisemitism or any other form of hate speech,” Skechers said in a statement shared with Reuters.
Adidas, which faced public backlash for not ending its relationship with Ye earlier, announced on Tuesday that it was indeed pulling the plug on the profitable partnership.
The German sportswear forecast a nearly $250 million hit to net income this year from the decision. “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,” the company said in a statement.
Later that day, Gap Inc announced it was removing Yeezy Gap products from its stores. Its former site YeezyGap.com has already been taken down and now redirects to Gap.com. “Our former partner’s recent remarks and behavior further underscore why we are taking immediate steps to remove Yeezy Gap product from our stores,” the retailer said in a statement. The company had already announced the termination of the partnership in September.
Ye’s comments, such as calling for “death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE,” earned him suspensions from Twitter and Instagram. Instead of apologizing, he doubled down, saying, “I can say antisemitic things and Adidas can’t drop me.”
But now no fashion brand wants to be in business with the musician. He has also been dropped by his law firm, Foot Locker, TJ Maxx, JPMorgan Chase bank. An MRC documentary about him was also scrapped by the company’s founders, who told TheWrap it was a “business and moral decision.”
Ye’s hate speech has, unfortunately, inspired public displays of antisemitism in Los Angeles, including one in which a group hung banners over a freeway overpass with messages like, “Kanye is right about the Jews.”