Elon Musk, the world's most hated boss at the moment (on and at Twitter, and otherwise), seems to have some solid competition when it comes to being a bad boss. Also part of this bad-bosses' club is rapper Kanye West, best known for his foot-in-the-mouth comments, Insta meltdowns and some songs, you know.
So, what do we have here?
Another day, another report of Kanye West exceeding himself as a truly awful human being.
Here’s your weekly dose of Kanye West antics.
In an expose published by Rolling Stone on November 9, multiple accounts of workplace intimidation and humiliation were compiled from former employees at the Yeezy showroom in Los Angeles, California.
What started out as an apparel and sneakers collaboration with Adidas in 2013 for his first model Yeezy Boost 750, gradually grew into the Yeezy empire that thrived (until very recently). According to Forbes, the Adidas deal raised the rapper's net worth by $1.5 billion.
An ex-staff member of Yeezy recounted the ridiculous reason for which West fired them. The source claimed that upon throwing the floor open for musical suggestions at the workspace...
...the rapper fired them for recommending to play Drake.
The randomness of the abrupt job terminations went according to the whims and fancies of West’s mood, a number of ex-employees claim. The littlest of inconsistencies or off-putters could trigger the rapper and kept the employees in constant jeopardy of losing their livelihood.
If this wasn’t enough, West’s infamous Yeezy Season 9 presentation at the Los Angeles showroom was reported to draw inspiration from skinheads and Nazis.
Kanye West & Candace Owens wearing a "White Lives Matter" shirt at his YZYSZN9 fashion show in Paris pic.twitter.com/53ZU71k4UU— DailyRapFacts (@DailyRapFacts) October 3, 2022
Fiasco after fiasco: Following his recent bouts of anti-semitism and the 'White Lives Matter' stint he pulled at the Paris Fashion Week last month, a mass exodus of brands no longer wanting to associate themselves with the rapper - namely Adidas and Gap - West saw his billionaire status crumble away before his eyes.
Currently, Adidas is gearing up to continue selling shoes from the Yeezy line - for which it owns creative rights and designs - starting 2023. Having cut ties with the rapper following his infamous Drink Champs interview last month, the company has branded West’s anti-semitic comments as “hurtful, unacceptable, and dangerous for a particular community”.
Those “loyal” ye supporters only really supported a few specific colorways of specific models. At the end of the day it’s a lot of quantity driven resell hype. If adidas just drops the quantity back down and gradually builds with assessing demand. Resellers will reignite the hype— Vikram Ramalingam (@VRAMM17) November 9, 2022
Adidas will save roughly $302 million in 2023 because of royalties and marketing costs it will no longer pay to support the Yeezy business.