LONDON: Kanye West has angered Muslims after naming his new trainers after the faith’s archangels of music and death. The music star has been accused of “disrespecting Islam” with his latest footwear – the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Israfil and Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Asriel.
A petition has been launched calling for Adidas to change the name of the shoes.
“Until further notice, we request all Muslims to boycott adidas products, cease all sale of adidas products by any Muslim owned 3rd party retail shops until adidas ceases the production of this commodity,” the petition reads.
The sneaker launch comes amid the rap star’s unlikely run for the White House – Kanye plans to challenge current U.S. leader Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden for America’s top office in November.
“Very disrespectful,” one Twitter user wrote. “Adidas is disrespecting Islam. Israfil is one of the four angels in Islam. Shame on @adidasoriginals and @kanyewest,” while another added: “Dear @Adidas I am gonna STOP buying and using your products if those Kanye West’s newest shoes’ names aren’t changed because it does not respect Islam (sic).” Another critic accused West and Adidas of “making mockery of Islam (sic)”.