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Adidas terminates partnership with Kanye West

Adidas ends their collaboration with Kanye West.

Adidas with “instant effect” halted its collaboration with Ye, popularly known as Kanye West.


The sportswear manufacturer stated in a statement on Tuesday that it “does not allow antisemitism and any other type of hate speech,” and that his most recent remarks were “unacceptable, vile, and deadly.” The company’s “values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect, and fairness” were broken, according to Adidas.

Payments to Ye and his businesses have also ceased, along with sales and production of his Yeezy-branded goods. Adidas estimated that its fourth-quarter sales will suffer a €250 million ($246 million) impact.

Since 2013, when the business signed his brand away from rival Nike, Adidas has collaborated with West. Adidas increased their agreement with the rapper in 2016 and referred to it as “the most significant alliance ever forged between a non-athlete and an athletic brand.”

Adidas, however, put the “relationship under review” in the beginning of October after he appeared in public wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt. The statement is referred to as a “hate slogan” by organisations that support White supremacy, such as the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Ye recently made anti-Semitic remarks on the Drink Champs Podcast, adding, “I can say antisemitic s*** and Adidas cannot drop me.” He also vowed to “go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” on Twitter.

Adidas’ choice, according to Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, is a “really positive conclusion.”

It serves as evidence that antisemitism is abhorrent and has repercussions. Adidas has without a doubt made the right decision by severing connections with Ye as a result of his virulent antisemitic tirades,” he stated in a statement. At the end of the day, Adidas’ move sends a strong statement that prejudice and antisemitism have no place in society.

In Frankfurt, Adidas stock dropped by around 5%. In its next earnings report on November 9, Adidas said it will provide further information regarding the financial ramifications of ending its association with Ye.


Companies sever ties


The number of companies separating themselves from West is expanding. West’s representation by the talent agency CAA was terminated on Monday. Balenciaga and Vogue openly severed their relations last week. A documentary on West has been shelved, according to production company MRC.

The rapper announced last month that he was ending his tumultuous two-year partnership with the Gap due to “serious noncompliance.” According to a statement released by Ye’s attorney, the corporation allegedly failed to launch branded Yeezy stores and sell his products as intended, leaving Ye with “no choice but to end their relationship.”

Managing director of GlobalData Neil Saunders wrote in a letter on Tuesday, “The drama of Ye, not only with Adidas but with companies like Gap and Balenciaga, underscores the need of rigorously screening celebrities and avoiding those who are highly contentious or unstable.


“While there is place for some friction in the fashion world, it must never go too far and be disrespectful of human dignity. Companies or brands that ignore this risk being hurt, especially if they rely too heavily on a tough personality to run their operations, he continued.

Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez is a Journalist at Flaunt Weekly Covering Entertainment and Finance Topics.

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