After stirring controversy by using a Confederate Flag to promote his Yeezus tour, Kanye West has stirred yet another racial hornets nest: This time he wants to redesign the traditional garb of the Ku Klux Klan.
"If I had been around at the end of the Civil War, I could have started them off right, but now they've gone so long with the robe thing, it's going to take my genius to get them to move to something else," Kanye explained at a press conference promoting his new Ego Trip brand.
Extremist blogs and websites lit up with the fashion news, and predictably most visitors to white supremacist sites were against a Kanye remake of KKK regalia. The surprisingly large minority of white supremacists who did want to see Kanye remake their ceremonial wear, mirrored the rest of the public who just wanted to see what atrocity Kanye would come up with next.
Indeed, Kanye's last fashion foray saw his line of shoes, South Paws, ridiculed as a looking like a torture or chastity shoe.
Brushing off widespread expectations of failure, Kanye detailed his plans. "First off, if they want to look bad-ass they need to ditch the robe and go with a cape. Your best and coolest looking villains always have a cape, think Darth Vader, Phantom of the Opera, and the Hunchback guy."
Taking aim at the hood, Kanye ranted on, "The hood is a bit Pope-ish, I think a more rounded crown with the front coming out like Darth Sidious's"
As some reporters started to leave the press conference, Kanye shouted to them, "This ain't no joke, because of my fashion and political genius, I'm going to be the first black man to break through the white dominated power structure of the KKK."