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Aussies create “Yemulkes” out of unwanted Kanye West merchandise

By 02/12/2023 4:27 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Take your wicked propensity to the Jewish study hall, advises the Talmud. Two Australians have come up with an alternative method of sanctifying the harmful.

Antoinette Barbouttis of Sydney was done with her line of clothes that featured Ye, one of the most notorious antisemites (formerly Kanye West).

So she and her buddy John Safran, an Australian-Jewish filmmaker and writer came up with ideas to turn angry lemons into kosher lemonade.

Safran’s original concept? Make yarmulkes out of the several Ye tees and a dozen pairs of Yeezy sneakers.

“You’re not even demoralizing us. Safran told Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service, “We’re responding with some bizarre kind of Jewish self-deprecation by saying, no, we’re here, we’re not tucking in our Stars of David, simply because there are spells of antisemitism and individuals are attempting to frighten us into hiding.

Barbouttis decided to end things when she heard of Ye’s divisive outbursts last fall. As soon as she realized it was antisemitic, she thought it was dangerous on a higher level. I don’t like that.

With costume designer Chrissy Seo, the pals brought Barbouttis’ unwanted collection and Safran’s strange notion to life. Making a yarmulke out of thick sneakers was challenging, but the tailor didn’t mind.

She admitted, “I was giggling the whole time.”

Barbouttis is thinking about selling the three “YEmulkes” and giving the Jewish community a percentage of the proceeds.

There is currently no information on whether German shoe firm Adidas, saddled with $530 million worth of unsaleable Yeezy stuff and whose net profit fell 83% between 2021 and 2022, would come up with a unique approach to reuse its products.



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