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From Kanye To Hell Yeah: The YEmulke is Born

I love everything about this… except for what precipitated it, of course.

Antoinette Barbouttis was beginning to lament the “countless” merchandise by Kanye West that she owned – until she found a way to upcycle them with a humorous touch.

The Sydney-based woman said she had collected several t-shirts and a dozen Yeezy sneakers over the decade she listened to the famous rapper’s music.

But her initial discomfort with West, also known as Ye, turned into a boycott after he wrote a tirade of social media posts in late 2022 that were condemned as anti-Semitic.

“I was done. As soon as it was anti-Semitism, I thought, that’s next level-kind of dangerous, I’m not into that,” Ms Barbouttis said.

After a conversation with her friend, Jewish-Australian filmmaker and writer John Safran, about what she should do with her Ye-affiliated items, he had an idea.

“I was planning to never wear them again, but then I went to John and I said, ‘you’re Jewish, you could tell me what I could do with this stuff’ … but then John came up with the idea of turning it into a yarmulke,” she said.

The duo collaborated with Chrissy Seo, a costume tailor, and set about making a yarmulke – or “YEmulke” – in time for Mr Safran to host a multicultural comedy gala last week.

Mr Safran said it was a fun, playful project to make the religious skullcaps while making a poignant statement that Jews will not cower to anti-Semitism.

“You’re not even breaking our spirit. We’re responding with some weird kind of Jewish self-deprecation by saying, no, we’re here, we’re not tucking in our Stars of David, just because there are spells of anti-Semitism and people are trying to intimidate us into hiding,” he said.

Despite the intense labour around designing the yarmulkes, she said the humour behind the project made it all worth it.

“I think what was rewarding for me was that I was laughing the whole time,” she said.

While it initially began as a fun concept for the trio, Ms Barbouttis is considering selling the yarmulkes and donating a portion of the proceeds to the Jewish community “in this new era of Kanye”.

Just brilliant.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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