“Don’t Clown The Creators,” says Kayne West.


NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Kayne West was in Maine with some pals when they saw the rumors that he was selling clothing at the Gap out of trash bags as they were watching Fox News.

Kanye, also known as Ye, came under fire on social media for allegedly being insensitive to the homeless by appearing to mock them by packing large black plastic bags full of Yeezy Gap sweatshirts, hoodies, and joggers for customers to rummage through like the less fortunate scrounging for food on a corner street.

But the experts in social media were mistaken. It was false.

The bags were meant to be organized as a statement about the needless exclusivity of some fashion brands; they were not garbage bags, but rather enormous, robust lawn or construction type bags.

Fox New's Eric Shawn and Kanye West look at Kanye's new line of clothes.


Ye wanted to dispel the myth and correct it, which is how I found myself standing next to the legendary singer turned fashion designer at 6 in the morning in front of the Gap flagship store in Times Square.

Making egalitarian apparel is the main reason I joined the Gap, he said. “I detest hangers. When I used to work at the Gap, I had to sit and fold while keeping everything incredibly tidy. And it simply struck me as being quite arrogant and classist.

That was all there was to it.

Ye claims that his unique shopping experience has been unfairly maligned by people who too readily discount the aspirations of artists and underestimate the value of the creative process. Years and billions of dollars have passed since Ye started working the floor. He felt compelled to speak up in order to share his vision—as well as those of others, whose thoughts—despite opposition—challenge social norms.

They were unaware of the struggles an artist has while trying to innovate, disrupt, and just create something new. The things that initially make people laugh, but later become standards,” he adds. “How horrible it is, just the degree of the lack of regard for our artists, is interesting. Then you start to wonder why artists travel to Europe to create or why China is stealing our American industries. We must behave better toward one another. Respect must be shown for our mavericks. We must honor the leaders of industry who are trying to do something and who are working to rebuild our nation.

This image released by Netflix shows Kanye West in a scene from the documentary "jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy." The film will premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Ye says people just jumped to conclusions when they saw on social media what was falsely identified as garbage bags, and that the lack of appreciation for unconventional, tradition-shattering ideas is troubling.

“This is a moment of innovation. Now if you try to clown the innovators, you are going to make the other innovators less brave. We’re not going to want to step out on a limb and do anything that’s exciting or do anything that changes anything. But that is what we are here to do….I’m an innovator, and I am not here to sit up and apologize about my ideas. That’s exactly what the media tries to do, make us apologize for any idea that doesn’t fall under exactly the way they want us to think.”

“Don’t clown the creators.”

Ye is challenging the typical retail experience and the established presentation of fashion that we are all used to, such as the rows of neatly hanging clothes arranged by size or the shelves stacked with perfectly folded and pristine items. He decided to turn the status quo inside out .

“My idea is to create a type of wardrobe where you can get dressed in the dark, so it is one less thing to think about. I’ve told people lots of times that I am inspired by Henry Ford, I am inspired by Steve Jobs, I am inspired by Donald Judd. Artists have simplified things for a living, for a happier life. The process is actually simpler because every time you take it off a hanger, then a sales representative has to put it back on a hanger or has to fold it perfectly for you to think that it has value. Why do we place value on things, just because it’s hanging up or just because it is in a traditional way? This is a non-traditional approach.”

After our interview, Ye chatted with the Gap Yeezy associates who gathered around him. They took photos together before he quietly left to fly to London to continue to work on his clothing line.

Recording artist Kanye West attends The Fashion Group International's annual andquot;Night of Starsandquot; gala at Cipriani Wall Street.

Mocked for selling the YEEZY GAP clothing collection out of what appear to be trash bags, Kanye West

After some time had passed, I returned to the shop to observe how customers were responding to the enormous, stuffed bags that were arranged in pairs in the front lobby and contained the Yeezy merchandise, with not a hanger in sight.

As I entered the store, I noticed a huge number of customers happily circling the bags of Yes sweatshirts bearing a white dove, holding the sweatshirts and hoodies up to their chests to see if they fit, and sifting through the bags like eager children opening presents on Christmas morning.

Suddenly, it dawned on me.