Gigi Hadid is now entering Kanye West’s latest controversy; he attacked a Vogue editor who criticized a “White Lives Matter” shirt that West debuted at Paris Fashion Week.
Fashion editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson wrote on Instagram that the shirts she saw at West’s show were “deeply offensive, violent and dangerous.”
“There is no excuse, there is no art here,” she continued.
West attacked Karefa-Johnson in his Instagram stories by posting pictures of her next to cruel taunts. He mocked her for her fashion choices as if he were a teenager. He posted a screenshot of a text from someone who encouraged him not to “insult that writer”, which one can infer was referencing Karefa-Johnson.
Hadid, who considers the editor a friend, came to her defense in the comments.
“You wish u had a percentage of her intellect,” Hadid wrote. “You have no idea haha…. If there’s actually a point to any of your shit she might be the only person that could save u. As if the “honor” of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion ..? Lol. You’re a bully and a joke.”
Her comment has since been deleted.
She later explained in her own Instagram story.
“I was trying very hard not to give that man air time, but publicly bullying someone who criticizes your work on your massive platform is another level of ridiculousness to me,” she wrote. “If you can’t take it don’t dish it. If you can’t take criticism, specially the smart, nuanced, and kind criticism that GKJ provided yesterday’s show, then don’t put work out for public consumption. This is immature bully behavior.”
Hadid shared Vogue’s statement about the abuse. The magazine said it stood with their editor and that she was “personally targeted and bullied.”
The magazine also said that West met with Karefa-Johnson about the fight.
“It is unacceptable. Now more than ever, voices like hers are needed and in a private meeting with Ye today she once again spoke her truth in a way she felt best, on her terms,” Vogue stated, using Kanye’s technical, legal name.
West posted about the same meeting on Instagram and said both “apologized to each other for the way we made each other feel”.
I have to wonder why the hell this poor editor felt she had to apologize.
West has been repeatedly under fire for wearing these “White Lives Matter” shirts, which has been categorized by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate slogan as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement.