Haron Osbourne called Kanye West “embarrassing” after the billionaire rapper’s fashion label received a US government loan designed to avoid mass layoffs amid the pandemic.
West’s Yeezy company has been approved for a loan of between $ 2 million and $ 5million (around £ 1.6-4million), which has kept 106 jobs, according to official figures.
Appearing on The Talk, Osbourne said West should return the money to the government.
She said, “I thought it was like mommy and daddy type businesses that really don’t have a lot of profits in the bank, so you know they need help keeping people jobs and everything. the world.
“And I just think when you have that kind of money, it’s embarrassing to ask when you have it yourself.” You have it, you have more than enough to support 100 people, so why ask the government, take the government?
“I just don’t understand. When you are so rich, your family, everyone in your family is so rich, why are you doing that? I think he should return the money.
West was named a billionaire by Forbes magazine in April, thanks in large part to his stake in the Yeezy line of trainers.
The 43-year-old has long coveted that status, and the magazine said he accused Forbes of “deliberately snubbing me” when he refused to classify him as a billionaire a year earlier.
This week, he gave a high-profile and hair-raising interview with the same outlet, describing his presidential credentials, although he has already missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in a number of US states.
West said he was against abortion, against vaccinations and against praying for school.
Additional reporting by the Press Association