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Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Kicks Off with Jesus Look-Alike, Confederate Flag Merch

October 21, 2013  |  11:15am
Kanye West's Yeezus Tour Kicks Off with Jesus Look-Alike, Confederate Flag Merch

Kanye West’s newest album Yeezus saw the rapper position himself alongside Jesus Christ, slaves and God (just to name a few), so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that his first tour appearance in Seattle this Saturday also went great lengths to stir the pot once again. West played a lengthy 27-song set at KeyArena that featured a truly massive mountain set piece onto which the rapper climbed and performed several songs. The audience also saw a video screen backdrop, some backing dancers and even a man dressed as Jesus Christ.

And if West’s elaborate performance alone couldn’t catch your attention, the official Yeezus Tour merchandise included t-shirts of skeletons cloaked in the Confederate flag, tote bags similarly adorned with Confederate imagery and lots of other clothing showing off skeletons more apt for a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert.

Recent tracks like “I Am a God” and “New Slaves” certainly provide a bit of context to West’s latest of grand statements, though we all know that this latest injection of controversy is, as always, intentional. You can watch West perform “Power” atop his giant prop mountain below:

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