In one fell swoop, Kanye West was able to draw the ire of not one, but two major companies with the release of his "Theraflu" single last week. But Kanye's no stranger to controversy. XXL looks back at six companies Yeezy has pissed off over the years.—XXL Staff
Theraflu wasn’t the only company annoyed about last week’s Yeezy record. Kanye also managed to ruffle the feathers (pun intended) of Animal Rights group PETA with the taunting line, “Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor.” PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews, responded with “What’s draggin’ on the floor is Kanye’s reputation as a man with no empathy for animals or human beings.” Well played, PETA, well played.
Yeezy and MTV have certainly had their share of issues. After losing Best Video at the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards to electronic music duo, Justice, Kanye took the stage to argue why he in fact was the deserving nominee. A year later, after not being selected to open the VMAs, Kanye suggested “Maybe my skin’s not right.” Kanye’s MTV award show fiascos culminated in 2009 when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to declare Beyoncé’s video was in fact “one of the best videos of all time.”
Kanye wasn’t reading off the teleprompter when he uttered the now infamous words “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. NBC went into damage control mode, releasing a statement that said, “Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks.” Really NBC? Who would have thought?
In a December 2006 issue of Essence magazine, West referred to bi-racial women as “mutts.” Though his remark was specifically “Me and most of our friends like mutts a lot,” Roy Innis, National Chair of the Congress of Racial Equality, took offense, ripping into Kanye saying, “Darker skinned Blacks like Kanye West have had an even harder time accepting Blackness in themselves and in others.”
When this 2006 Rolling Stone magazine cover depicted Kanye as a crucified Jesus Christ figure, Christian groups were up in arms about the sacrilegious photo. To make matters worse, the issue’s “The Passion of Kanye West” feature revealed Mr. West's affinity for pornography. Tim Widmon, president of the AFA declared, “It is sacrilegious to have an image of Christ on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine that has nothing to do with Jesus, religion or faith. It is inappropriate to say the least.”