In a recent on-the-spot interview with TMZ, Sharon Osbourne stated that she wants her $900,000 gift from Black Lives Matter returned.
At Paris Fashion Week, where the rapper was wearing a t-shirt bearing the statement, the 69-year-old music manager and wife of Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne was asked for her thoughts on Kanye West’s White Lives Matter controversy.
It is commonly believed that the slogan “White Lives Matter” was appropriated from the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which opposed racial injustice, discrimination, and police brutality. The Anti-Defamation League has labeled this saying as a hate slogan.
Reporters filmed Osbourne as she traveled along Rodeo Drive in Hollywood and questioned her: “Have you followed anything about Kanye West? What do you think? He appeared on Fox News to debate with Tucker Carlson, and now everyone wants to fire him.”
She answered: “Why white lives don’t matter beyond me. I fail to comprehend it. It is not my style or culture. Nothing of that makes any sense to me. Life matters to everyone, don’t you think?”
Do you concur with Kanye’s argument? Next, Osbourne was questioned.
“I’m not sure what his argument is. I’m not sure, which is why I said I couldn’t respond. I’m not sure what his point is “She answered.
Then, according to reporters, Kanye said: “Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a fraud.”
Originally, the rapper, now going by the name Ye, who is 45 years old, said it on his Instagram story and added, “Now it’s finished, you’re welcome.”
According to Sharon’s statement to TMZ: “Oh well, we contributed $900,000 to that, I’d want my money back please, and I chuckled. Wish he had been able to say that sooner!”
The previous X Factor judge continued, saying: “People can’t be forced to stop living their lives or acting in certain ways. Leave the individual alone and refrain from visiting his social media pages or listening to his music.”
Ye’s remarks on the Black Lives Matter movement were made in the midst of debate about his choice to appear at his most recent Yeezy fashion show wearing a White Lives Matter shirt.
After George Floyd was killed in 2020, the Black Lives Matter movement gained notoriety with a focus on highlighting the innate racial disparity and prejudice that Black people suffer. The movement created history through its dedication to addressing the systemic disparities holding back underprivileged groups, which led to thousands of protests around the world.
Nevertheless, there has been some criticism around Black Lives Matter. Samaria Rice, the mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and Lisa Simpson, the mother of 18-year-old Richard Risher, both of whom were slain by police in 2021, chastised the movement for making money from the murders of their sons.
According to the New York Post, Simpson said the movement raised $5,000 for her son’s burial but alleges she never got the money.
Rice and Simpson stated in a joint statement, “We never hired them to be the spokesmen in the struggle for justice for our deceased loved ones slain by the police.
“The “activists” hold rallies in our cities but haven’t provided us with anything of value in exchange for putting the names and photographs of our loved ones on their posters. When one of our loved ones passes away, we don’t want or need you to parade around the streets collecting money, platforms, movie deals, etc. while the families and communities are left in the dark and broken “Then the statement went on.
In a now-deleted Facebook post, Breonna Taylor’s mother also denounced the movement, writing: “I have never directly interacted with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be scam [sic].”
Taylor, Rice, and Simpson made their declarations immediately after The New York Post reported that Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the movement’s co-founder, had bought numerous multimillion dollar houses.