In addition to selling merchandise with the Confederate flag emblazoned on it, Kanye West is also wearing clothes with the provocative symbol. Ye was spotted coming out of Barneys wearing a jacket with the flag on the arm. Moreover, Us Weekly says he wore the same jacket just a few days prior. During an October 25 performance, the tabloid says Ye went off on Barneys, calling out the high-end retailer for two incidents of alleged racial profiling that are currently under investigation.
West has explained that he thinks the flag is “colorless” and “super-hood and super white-boy-approved at the same time.” He went further to say that using the flag is a way of “re-appropriating” it.
As New York magazine notes, seeing Kanye in the same thing twice is kind of a big deal for someone who prides himself on being a fashion plate.
And an update on that lawsuit both Kanye and Kim filed against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for filming and profiting for a video of West’s private proposal to Kardashian: According to TMZ, the couple’s lawyer, Eric George, charges that Hurley, who co-founded YouTube and sold it to Google for $1.65 billion, is the one who plotted to post the video on his new Internet venture, MixBit.
The newly-engaged twosome allege that Hurley was desperate to find a “second act,” after two failed businesses following his YouTube sale. In the lawsuit, Kim and Kanye reveal Hurley wasn’t even invited to AT&T Park for the private affair but manipulated his way in. They say they let Hurley stay after he signed a confidentiality agreement. And as further evidence, the savvy pair even took a picture of Hurley signing the confidentiality agreement.
Then, say Kim and Kanye, “Hurley proceeded to try to turn the event into one starring himself, broadcasting the images he knew were the exclusive property rights of someone else.” According to them, after posting the proposal on MixBit , Hurley tweeted it to nearly a million followers. And showing no worries about the confidentiality agreement, Hurley issued a press release, boasting of his exclusive video.
Kim and Kanye want unspecified damages, including punitive damages. The new parents had other plans for the video, which was destined for MC Cable Television, part of Bunim/Murray and E! family, which produces and broadcasts Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
As we said in our original report, Hurley is trying to find a second success with MixBit, his latest project where he uploads celebrity videos. Kanye didn’t seem to mind a few Instagrams, but Hurley’s footage was more than a snapshots. It captured the entire proposal. The footage had gotten nearly 1.5 million views in about a week.