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Kanye West says art 'is not a proxy for any ill or harm' following controversy over video for Eazy


Kanye ‘Ye’ West defended his work and shared his interpretation of what art means  in an Instagram post on Sunday.

The 44-year-old rapper posted an image of a church on fire from his recent video for the track Eazy, which garnered controversy after the Claymation clip depicted him committing violent acts against a character resembling Pete Davidson, 28, who is dating his ex-wife Kim Kardashian, 41.

‘Art is therapy just like this view,’ West captioned the post. ‘Art is protected as freedom of speech. art inspires and simplifies the world. Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended.’

The latest: Kanye 'Ye' West, 44, defended his work and shared his interpretation of what art means in an Instagram post on Sunday

The latest: Kanye ‘Ye’ West, 44, defended his work and shared his interpretation of what art means in an Instagram post on Sunday

West released the video on Wednesday, which coincided with Kardashian being declared legally single following a video hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court. She initially filed for divorce from the Grammy-winning artist in February of 2021, and has been romantically-linked with Davidson since October.

The song includes the lyrics, ‘God saved me from that crash/ Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s a**,’ with West alluding to a 2002 car crash he was involved in.

The video for the clip showed West kidnapping the SNL star with a bag over his head, tying him to the back of an ATV and burying him up to his head. He is later seen picking roses that were growing from Davidson’s head and loading them into a truck, alluding to his lavish delivery of a truck of roses to Kardashian’s house on Valentine’s Day last month.

The video ended with the message, ‘Everyone lived happily ever after, except Skete’ before crossing out the name and writing ‘you know who.’

The rapper posted an image of a church on fire from his recent video for the track Eazy, which garnered controversy after the Claymation clip depicted him committing violent acts against a character resembling Pete Davidson. He was snapped in January in Paris

The rapper posted an image of a church on fire from his recent video for the track Eazy, which garnered controversy after the Claymation clip depicted him committing violent acts against a character resembling Pete Davidson. He was snapped in January in Paris 

The video for the clip showed West kidnapping the SNL star and burying him up to his neck

The video for the clip showed West kidnapping the SNL star and burying him up to his neck 

Davidson 'is not threatened by Kanye in any way, shape or form,' a source told ET following the release of the clip

Davidson ‘is not threatened by Kanye in any way, shape or form,’ a source told ET following the release of the clip 

Many people took to social media condemning the imagery West used to depict Davidson’s demise and the message he’s sending to Kardashian and Davidson with the clip, suggesting both seek restraining orders against the artist.

‘That #Kanye #Eazy video is disturbing,’ one user wrote. ‘This is emotional abuse and will end very badly for this family. I felt terrified, can’t imagine how Kim feels. He’s terrorizing her as punishment and I hope people will stop excusing this as art.’

Another user suggested West could be putting himself at legal risk with the latest jab at Davidson, saying ‘if something happens to Pete, [West] will truly be f***ed cause he’s leaving all the evidence online.’

One user suggested West could be putting himself at legal risk with the latest jab at Davidson

One user suggested West could be putting himself at legal risk with the latest jab at Davidson

One user drew parallels between the West situation and the 1994 murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, suggesting Kim's mother Kris Jenner, a friend of Nicole's, should intervene

One user drew parallels between the West situation and the 1994 murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman, suggesting Kim’s mother Kris Jenner, a friend of Nicole’s, should intervene

Davidson was not put off by the graphic depictions in the video, a source told ET: ‘He finds the fact that Kanye included a cartoon version of him in his music video hysterical.’

The source added that Davidson ‘is almost flattered by it all because it is so ridiculous to him’ and is ‘using this to grow in more ways than one including for himself and his relationship with Kim.’

Davidson ‘is not threatened by Kanye in any way, shape or form,’ the source said, adding, ‘He is turning all of the negativity into a positive thing.’

Kardashian, who shares four children with West – North, eight, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, two – was seen on Sunday sporting Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week.

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