Just over a week after supporting Candace Owens Kanye West while attending her Paris Fashion Week show, the rapper returned the favor. West joined the conservative political commentator at the red carpet premiere of her new movie, The Biggest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLMin Nashville on Wednesday evening (October 12), with Ray J and kidrock sometimes by his side.
As summarized by a the description on Owens’ YouTube channel, the film investigates the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and how it raised millions of dollars using the “chaos” of the protests. Owens has long been outspoken in his opposition to the BLM movement, founded after the 2013 murder of Trayvon Martin “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in the violence inflicted on black communities,” according to the official website of the organization.
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Both Ye and Owens arrived at the premiere dressed in black, marking the second time recently that the two wore matching outfits. At his Oct. 3 Yeezy Season 9 show in Paris, West sparked public outrage by posing for a photo with Owens as the two of them wore shirts with “White Lives Matter” printed on the back. The phrase is classified as representing a “racist response to the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement,” according to Southern Poverty Law Center.
At the premiere, the “Donda” artist teamed his oversized black tuxedo jacket with a baseball cap printed with “2024” – the year of the next presidential election – on the brim. The hat is the last clue given by West that he plans to run for president in 2024 after his failed presidential bid in 2020.
Also dressed in black at the premiere was Ray J, who pictured alongside Ye and Kid Rock wearing a leather jacket (which, like Ye, supported Donald Trump) on the red carpet. Ray J and Ye have a somewhat complicated history. Ray J recently alleged that his 2007 sex tape with West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian was orchestrated by Kardashian’s mom/manager Kris Jenner.
In an April episode of keeping up with the KardashiansKim claimed that West met with Ray J to retrieve previously unseen footage from the tape, which Ray J then said was wrong in an impassioned comment on Instagram. If there was any beef between the two musicians, however, it looks like they’ve since put it to rest.
Ye’s appearance at the screening of Owens’ film follows not only his “White Lives Matter” controversy, but also his anti-Semitic comments. He was recently suspended from Instagram and Twitter for posting hostile comments against Jews, which celebrities like Ariana Grande, John Legend, Jack Antonoff, Jamie Lee Curtis and many others have publicly condemned.
See more photos of Kanye West with Candace Owens, Ray J and Kid Rock at the premiere of The biggest lie ever sold below: