Discount retailers TJ Maxx and Marshalls have joined the growing list of companies to cut ties with Kanye West following the rapper’s anti-Semitic rants.
TJX, owner of the popular chains, said Wednesday that its stores will no longer carry the rapper’s Yeezy-branded apparel.
“At TJX, we do not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment or hatred,” the company said in a statement. “We have instructed our buying teams not to purchase this merchandise for sale in any of our stores globally.”
The move follows similar statements from Foot Locker, The RealReal, The Gap, Balenciaga and other companies that take a stand on West’s hate speech against Jewish people.
The backlash against West, who legally changed his name to Ye, reached a crescendo on Tuesday when Adidas ended its 10-year, $1.5 billion partnership with West.
“Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,” Adidas said in a statement.
It’s unclear where all of the Yeezy merchandise that’s pulled from store shelves will end up.
Foot Locker is stocking boxes of sneakers in the back rooms of its store, the company said in a memo to store employees “until further notice.”
A private sale by auction house Christies of a rare prototype Nike Air Yeezy 1 that West wore to the 2008 Grammy Awards is also on the loose, according to a CNN report.
New York Post