American rapper and media personality, Kanye West is no stranger to controversy due to his various antics. This once again is the case as a social media outburst targeted the music and T.V personality on his recent social media posts promoting his new Adidas Yeezy Sneaker line named supposedly after the Holy Islamic Arch Angels.
The new boots unveiled by Adidas earlier this week, Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Israfil and Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Asriel, Resulted in various allegations of disrespect on the Islamic faith due to the names of the shoes representing the Archangels of music and death (Israfil and Azrael)
Various people took up to social media to raise their voices against the rapper and the company.
— saymyname (@SeptianaTri3) August 23, 2020
@kanyewest named his shoes Israfil & Azrael after angels in Islam. this is disrespectful & ignorant to the significance behind the names. obv he was trying to capitalize off Muslim consumers but failed bc he didn’t do research. certain things are off limits. this is one of them.
— Sofia (@sofia__haq) August 23, 2020
@kanyewest @theyeezymafia @adidas shame on you for using the name of Islam’s four archangels for a shoe name. That’s cultural appropriation and it is wrong and upsetting to our Muslim community. Change the shoe name. #culturalappropriation
— Sandra (@sanbrown76) August 23, 2020
Social media attention also translated into an ongoing petition to change the name of the shoes. “It has come to the attention of the Global Muslim community that Adidas has allowed the production of a shoe that is named after an archangel in Islam,” read the petition. “It has come to the attention of the Global Muslim community that Adidas has allowed the production of a shoe that is named after an archangel in Islam,” read the petition.