Self-styled philosopher Kanye West was explaining the creative process behind his line of Adidas Yeezy Shoes to Forbes when he brought up how the Bible plays an important role in his thinking.
So brace yourself for the dumbest thing you’ll hear all day.
I’ll be working on home designs and looking at references from 3,000 years ago and reading the Old Testament at the same time. So it’s like a soundtrack to the visuals and the shapes and the ideas and ideals of what we’re creating.
A lot of my creative friends, I tell them, like, the Bible is better than Pinterest. You can bring something into space and time we exist in, while reflecting thousands of years of truth.
[Reading Leviticus:] “You should keep my statutes. You should not let your cattle breed with a different kind. You shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor shall you wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of material.”
And I tell my apparel team that the clothes that we’re using are of a single material. I remember sending a manager I used to work with a really rude email about how every time he wore this wool jacket with leather sleeves, he set culture back by ten years.
So now I can send him the verse from the Bible that says “You should not wear a garment of cloth made of two kinds of materials.”
First of all, a wool jacket with leather sleeves sounds… awful. (And I know my fashion.)
More to the point, though, West is referencing the worst book in the Bible — the one that LGBTQ-haters use to say the penalty for homosexuality should be death. In fact, if West kept reading that Bible passage he was citing, he would’ve recited a section about how a man who rapes a slave can be forgiven with the help of a ram.
If a man sleeps with a female slave who is promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment. Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed. The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the tent of meeting for a guilt offering to the Lord. With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the Lord for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.
Not exactly a book full of wisdom…
The guy wearing two kinds of materials isn’t setting the culture back ten years; blame the people who rely on Leviticus for advice on anything.
Honestly, we’d be far better off as a society if pastors told everyone to look to Pinterest for advice instead of a book whose first page fails any basic fact-checking.