Kanye West Sued by ‘Vogue’ Editor Over White Lives Matter Controversy

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Kanye West is no longer making headlines primarily for his music and has encountered legal issues as a result of his online antics.

On Friday (June 9), TMZ reported that Ye is in trouble yet again for posting an image on social media without the photographer’s permission. As a result, he now has another lawsuit on his hands.

Ye received criticism from contributing editor of Vogue Gabriella Karefa-Johnson in September for wearing and promoting “White Lives Matter” shirts at his Yeezy Season 9 fashion show in Paris.

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The controversial garment was seen by many as a disservice to the Black Lives Matter campaign which aims to end racism and police brutality in the US and throughout the world.

In response to the criticism by Karefa-Johnson, Kanye fired back in a since-deleted Instagram post. In it, he used a photograph of her and captioned it: “This is not a fashion person You speak on Ye Ima speak on you.”

In a subsequent post, Ye zoomed in on her footwear from the same image with the caption: “I KNOOOOOOW ANNA HAAAATES THESE BOOTS,” referring to longtime Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

The photographer of the image, Michaela Efford, claims she never granted Ye permission to use it. She also claims that Kanye’s inappropriate use of the image impacted its marketability and made it more difficult for the photographer to earn money from it.

She is now seeking payments in court, although the exact amount is unknown.