Ye vs. the People.
Kanye West has responded to the furore over his antisemitic comments by posting a Quinn Emanuel lawyer's advice on Instagram, using it to joke that he hasn't had sex with any supermodels recently.
The rapper was suspended from Instagram earlier this month after he posted a screenshot of a text conversation with Sean 'Diddy' Combs in which he implied that Combs was controlled by Jewish people, telling Combs he would use him "as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me".
West, also known as Yeezy and Ye, later tweeted he was going "death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE", which resulted in Twitter locking his account.
The backlash prompted companies to distance themselves from West, who called on heavy-hitting legal representation from US law firms Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and Quinn Emanuel to manage his exit from various joint ventures.
When Gap dropped the unpredictable entrepreneur as a partner last month, Nick Gravante, the co-chair of Cadwalder's litigation group, took to LinkedIn to thank the lawyers on Team West from Cadwalader and Quinn Emanuel "for their tireless work for Ye and Yeezy" and their "incredible collaboration and team effort".
All Falls Down.
But despite the good times, the ongoing storm over West's outbursts led Cadwalader to dump the mogul as well. A Cadwalader spokesman said, "We are not presently providing any representation and have no intention of providing any future representation".
West appeared unmoved by the threat his behaviour posed to his remaining commercial interests and his legal representation.
Doubling-down on his repetition of antisemitic tropes, West said, "I can say antisemitic shit and Adidas cannot drop me", on a podcast earlier this month. His lucrative tie-up with the German footwear company is estimated to comprise between 4% to 8% of Adidas’s total annual sales, and the income from its Yeezy line of products is estimated to account for $1.5 billion of West's net worth.
On Tuesday, Adidas did drop him, necessitating the emergency involvement of Quinn Emanuel to once again untangle its spiralling client's contractual position.
West repaid Quinn’s Michael Fazio for all the late nights he put in at the firm’s Los Angeles office by posting the contractual disputes lawyer's texts on Instagram this week.
The two texts showed Fazio, identifiable by his 'MF' initials, advising West, "As to adidas, you can start to make new designs for footwear, apparel and accessories immediately. As to Gap, the non-compete expires December 15, 2022", and adding that "You own the Yeezy name and all trademarks associated with Yeezy".
In case more evidence was needed to show how impossible West must be as a client, the rapper commented beneath his screenshot of Fazio's advice: "I haven't got any supermodel pu**y in over a month Please send help".
In much the same way Fazio did not respond to Yeezy’s request to send help, the Quinn lawyer did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did the firm.
As well as his antisemitic remarks, West has taken increasingly right-wing stances on hot-button social justice issues which have upset many commentators. He was criticised for wearing a T-shirt during Paris Fashion Week that read 'white lives matter', which he told Fox News host Tucker Carlson he wore because he thought it was "funny". He was also attacked for espousing a pro-life stance on Carlson's show, where he hung an ultrasound around his neck to illustrate his theory that "fifty percent of black death in America is abortion".
West also brought up singer Lizzo's obesity, saying that being overweight was the "genocide of the black race". And although he later apologised on Piers Morgan's show to "the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I have been through", he said he did not regret his antisemitic remarks.
Ye, who has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, added that Joe Biden’s decision to reject Elon Musk’s offer of advice was "fucking retarded", a term West said he could use because he also has "mental health issues".