Often-controversial rapper Kanye West drew the ire of many on social media over the weekend for sending out a casting call for his fashion show, requesting "biracial women only" show up for an audition.
Some took the invite as the pop star wanting only light-skinned women to audition, while others felt the casting call excluded white females. He also asked that the models not wear any makeup and instead just "come as you are."
"Imagine if a white singer said, 'WHITE WOMEN ONLY?'" one Twitter user asked.
Another tweeted, "Hmm @ multiracial women only. Does that include the dark skinned multiracial women or just the light skinned ones?"
"No white people," one person interpreted the post from West.
One frustrated social media observer told West he is the "absolute worst."
@kanyewest This is a major issue. In an industry that consistently cuts Black models out, you do this?! You are the absolute worst. Truly.— sunday candy (@KatchKenda) September 3, 2016
But amid all the frustration, there were some who didn't have a problem with the racially-exclusive requirement.
"Multiracial doesn't mean light skinned," 22-year-old Imogen Cooper told the New York Daily News. "You can be multiracial and have dark skin tones or pale skin tones. It doesn't really matter. If you look at people in line, there are people of all skin colors."
Jordan Rolling, 24, a friend of Cooper's, agreed, saying it's up to the artist to create the type of image they want for their art.
"I don't see anything wrong with it because it's his vision," she said. "As an artist, if you have a vision, people shouldn't be able to say anything about that vision."
Regardless of the reaction, the 38-year-old rapper is set to unveil his new clothing line Wednesday, Sept. 7, during the famous New York Fashion Week.
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