Kanye West wax statue removed from Madame Tussauds in London


Kanye West in February 2015

The British museum, famous for its wax statues of stars, has announced that it intends to remove that of the rapper from its main exhibition, because of his anti-Semitic remarks.

New boycott for Kanye West. After Gap, Adidas and Skechers, it is now the Madame Tussauds museum in London which has decided to cut all ties with the American rapper, following his recent anti-Semitic remarks.

This Wednesday, the British museum, famous for its collection of wax statues bearing the effigy of the greatest personalities, announced that it intended to remove the statue of Kanye West from its main exhibition to store it in its reserve.

“The Kanye West statue has been removed from the attractions floor. Every personality deserves their place at Madame Tussauds London and we listen to our customers and the public about who they want to see or not see in our museum,” said a spokesperson for Madame Tussauds at the BBC.

This wax statue was installed in the museum’s permanent exhibition in 2015. The American rapper appeared there alongside a statue of his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.

If Madame Tussauds has several museums around the world, especially in the United States, this statue of Kanye West was the only one of the artist to be exhibited by the cultural establishment.

Wave of protests

The removal of this wax statue comes in a general context of boycott of the American rapper, who made anti-Semitic remarks in early October. On Instagram, Kanye West posted screenshots of a conversation with rapper Diddy, who criticized the “White Lives Matter” t-shirt, worn by the artist during Fashion Week in Paris.

In the caption of his now-deleted post, Kanye West wrote: “I will use you as an example to show Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.”

The rapper later said on Twitter that he was going to attack Jews. A publication that has since been deleted by the social network for violating the rules of the platform. The artist’s Twitter and Instagram accounts have also been restricted.

Since then, many brands that collaborated with Kanye West (Gap, Adidas, Balenciaga…) have announced that they want to end their partnerships with the rapper. A major loss for the interpreter of Bound 2, who notably saw his fortune drop to 400 million dollars, thus losing his billionaire status, according to the ranking of Forbes magazine.