Conservative activist apologizes to Kanye West over 'Blexit' T-shirt controversy

A conservative activist who credited Kanye West with designing “Blexit” T-shirts urging black people to leave the Democratic Party is apologizing for what she calls “a lie that seems to have made its way around the world.”

Candace Owens, the communications director for conservative group Turning Point USA, in a blog post Wednesday denied that she credited West with the design. 


"I never once said that Kanye designed the t-shirts for BLEXIT," she wrote.

"This is a lie that seems to have made its way around the world; a lie I would like to again correct for the record. Kanye was completely right to feel used in that regard and as I have done personally, I would like to publicly apologize to him for any undue stress or pain the effort to correct that rumor has caused him, his business relationships, or his family."

Owens told Page Six at Turning Point USA's Young Black Leadership Summit over the weekend that West was behind the design, and video shared on Twitter captured her telling a crowd that he designed the Blexit hat.  

Owens may have been trying to differentiate West designing the Blexit hat and Blexit shirt in her blog post, but both use the same logo.

West took to Twitter on Tuesday to distance himself from Owens's movement, saying that he "never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."

He also said he felt used by figures "to spread messages I don’t believe in" and would be retreating from politics to avoid that from happening again. 

West has been in the spotlight more than usual lately following his public support of President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE and meeting in the Oval Office earlier in October.

A representative from Turning Point USA did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.