Kanye West wore a German armed forces t-shirt as he went shopping with new wife Bianca Censori at under-fire Balenciaga in LA on Wednesday.
The disgraced rapper, 45, who saw his career and net worth go in free-fall after a series of anti-Semitic remarks, wore a T-shirt emblazoned with a vintage logo of the Bundeswehr – the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The logo was previously used for the German military in the post Second Word War era – following the Holocaust in which six million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazi party, under the direction of Adolf Hitler.
The logo features the Bundesadler (Federal Eagle) -which has been used in the German coat of arms since 1945.
Kanye’s new wife Bianca wore an extravagant yellow furry jacket and sported slicked back tresses as she joined her new spouse at the shop.
The pair ignited further controversy by visiting Balenciaga, which has suffered a monumental fall from grace after kids were used in ad campaigns holding bondage teddy bears.
The brand cut ties with West back in October amid his anti-Semitism scandals.
Uproar over the campaign in November came days after the brand was called out over a separate ad campaign that was entirely its own doing, which showed young children posing with bondage-clad teddy bears.
A Twitter user also discovered that one of the photos in the shoot contained an excerpt from the 2008 US Supreme Court opinion in United States v. Williams, which upheld part of a federal child pornography law, which Twitter’s own fact-checkers confirmed.
The brand apologised and said it was suing ad production company North Six Inc., as well as set designer Nicholas Des Jardins and his own brand for including images of legal documents on the US Supreme Court’s decision on child pornography laws in the ad campaign – but in December Balenciaga dropped the $25million lawsuit.
Kanye was first pictured wearing a wedding band earlier this month, with sources saying the ring symbolises his commitment to Boanca following the ceremony.
Despite the wedding ceremony, the union isn’t legal because the pair do not appear to have filed a marriage certificate, DailyMail.com reports.
It’s not clear how long they have known each other or how long they had been dating, but Bianca joined Kanye’s Yeezy company in November 2020.
She is listed as Head of Architecture and secured the position after obtaining a Master’s in building design at Melbourne University in Australia.
It comes after Kanye settled his divorce with Kim in November. They married in 2014 in a lavish Florence ceremony after three years of dating.
Last month, Kanye paid tribute to his ‘wife’ by releasing the track, Censori Overload, a play on her last name.
In the lyrics he revealed that he stayed celibate before tying the knot, singing: ‘And The Bible said, I can’t have any more sex ’til marriage.’
West has been keeping a relatively low profile in the six weeks since a December 1 appearance on Alex Jones’ show Infowars in which he lavished praise on Nazis and Adolf Hitler.
‘He didn’t kill six million Jews,’ West said on the program, in which he appeared alongside white supremacist Nick Fuentes. ‘That’s just factually incorrect. I’m not trying to be shocking. I like Hitler. The Holocaust is not what happened … Hitler has a lot of redeeming qualities … every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.’
The appearance came prior to West being banned from Twitter later that day for posting a picture of a swastika interlaced with a Star of David
The turbulent day capped off a two-month stretch in which West dominated the headlines after making a series of anti-Semitic remarks, leading to a number of companies to break ties with him.
The race-related controversies kicked off October 3 when he and and conservative commentator Candace Owens donned tops that read White Lives Matter during a Paris Fashion Week showcase for his Yeezy line.
West faced restrictions on his social media sites after he tweeted October 8: ‘I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE … The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also … you guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.’
The professional fallout to West’s repeated statements about anti-Semitism included Adidas cutting their ties with him October 25 over his conduct.
Foot Locker and Gap have pledged to remove Yeezy from its shelves, while fashion mainstays including Vogue magazine and Balenciaga publicly distanced themselves from the rapper/fashion designer.
The talent agency CAA dropped West from its roster, while a documentary about West made by the studio MRC was shelved.