Rapper Kanye West, who has repeatedly placed himself in the center of the political discourse in recent months, said he's stepping back from politics after realizing that he's been "used."
West most recently stirred up controversy by meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office earlier this month, donning a red "Make America Great Again" cap and telling Trump about a wide range of ideas such as abolishing the 13th Amendment and replacing Air Force One with an Apple "iPlane."
West made his announcement on Twitter:
"My eyes are now wide open and now realize I've been used to spread messages I don't believe in," West wrote. "I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative!!!"
My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing mys… https://t.co/o0RJeT0Nnc— ye (@ye)1540934707.0
Why is he doing this now?
West appears to have taken issue with a movement called "Blexit" which was created by conservative commentator Candace Owens to convince black people to leave the Democratic Party.
Reports surfaced that West, who has expressed support for Owens in the past, had designed T-shirts for the movement:
West denies having designed the shirt, and said he has nothing to do with Blexit.
"I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine," West tweeted. "I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."
I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I neve… https://t.co/KGkIISMu05— ye (@ye)1540934700.0
Owens confirmed in a statement Monday that West is not associated with Blexit.
It would be strange for West to be associated with a black exodus from the Democratic Party, considering just last week he was at an event in support of Chicago Democratic mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia, who he also donated $73,540 to.
Right before distancing himself from politics, West shot off a few more tweets about his political beliefs.
"I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most," West wrote. "I support prison reform, I support common-sense gun laws that will make our world safer.
"I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power accountable. I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war," he wrote.
I support those who risk their lives to serve and protect us and I support holding people who misuse their power ac… https://t.co/iyJFaWnr38— ye (@ye)1540930822.0
I support creating jobs and opportunities for people who need them the most, I support prison reform, I support com… https://t.co/ncMQqbeAY9— ye (@ye)1540930820.0