Everyone has been talking about the Yeezy Gap “Trash Bag” display with some calling the concept “basura.”
The rapper’s critics specifically believe Ye is mocking the homeless population with the campaign while claiming he is insensitive.
Now Kanye, who can credit his $6 billion net worth to his deal with the retail brand, is upset at the backlash.
In an interview from the Times Square Gap location, he said on FOX News, “I’m an innovator, and I’m not here to sit up and apologize for my ideas. That’s exactly what the media tries to do: make us apologize for any idea that doesn’t fall under exactly the way they want us to think.”
He also corrected people who called the display “trash bags,” saying they were large construction bags.
Ye addressed the idea people thought he was mocking the unsheltered saying, “I’m up here literally working on homeless shelters. There’s documentation of it where the city came and tore down my creations while I was doing it.”
West said, “So no one can tell me I’m insensitive when that stuff that I think about every single day and actually have put my mind and innovation to.”
“The whole point of why I came to The Gap was to make egalitarian clothing,” West said. “I remember times being in the [Dominican Republic], going to a store and seeing clothes in bins and just seeing people be happy to have a moment of discovery, to think like children.”
“This is not a joke, this is not a game, this is not just a celebrity collaboration … this is my life,” he continued. “I’m fighting for a position to be able to change clothing and bring the best design to the people.”