Last week, a series of compromising images surfaced showing Kanye West, who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021, and his partner Bianca Censori in a somewhat scandalous situation in the back of a water taxi in Venice. Responding to the media uproar, Venezia Turismo Motoscafi, a leading water taxi firm in the historic Italian city, has declared that the couple are “no longer welcome” on any of their boats.
Key points from the incident:
- West and Censori were photographed in what seemed to be an intimate act on the boat.
- A “third person” aboard the taxi allegedly obstructed the captain’s view, keeping him unaware of the activities in the back.
- The incident sparked significant public outcry, particularly considering Italy’s traditionally conservative Catholic background.
Upon the revelation of the incident through viral images, Venezia Turismo Motoscafi quickly disassociated itself from such acts and behavior. They emphasized in statements to multiple publications, including the Independent and Daily Mail Australia, that the boat driver was too engrossed in navigating through boat traffic to notice the obscenities taking place. Had he been aware, immediate action would have been taken, including reporting the couple to the authorities.
West’s History of Controversies
Kanye West has been no stranger to controversies. Prior to the recent incident in Venice, he had been in the limelight for making violently anti-Semitic remarks. This includes tweets and statements about planning to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” and making comments about the “Jewish underground media mafia” controlling Hollywood. Such remarks led to:
- Suspension from various social media platforms multiple times.
- Several brands, including Gap, Balenciaga, and Adidas, cutting ties with him.
- Adidas donating proceeds from remaining stocks of West’s Yeezy shoes to organizations fighting antisemitism.
- Revocation of his honorary degree from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago.
There is ongoing speculation, spurred by certain media outlets, suggesting that the controversial boat incident might have been a publicity stunt to draw attention to West’s upcoming musical projects. It’s noteworthy that West recently made an appearance on stage in Rome after a hiatus, and there’s a buzz about him dropping new music soon.
Bianca Censori in the Spotlight
Bianca Censori, a 28-year-old architectural designer associated with West’s company, Yeezy, has also been drawing attention in Italy. Not just for her association with West, but also for her choice of outfits, with some locals expressing their disdain for her tight-fitting, see-through bodysuits. Their relationship became public when the couple was spotted dining at the Waldorf Astoria earlier this year, and subsequent reports suggested that they might have had a non-legally binding ceremony soon after West’s divorce from Kim Kardashian was finalized.
Public Reactions and Implications
Public sentiment following the incident has been diverse. Many are criticizing the couple for their actions, particularly given the traditionally conservative backdrop of Italy. The viral images prompted a wave of comments on various social media platforms, where netizens chided West and Censori for their behavior. Some have questioned the duo’s respect for cultural norms, especially while being guests in another country.
Awaiting Official Comments
As the situation continues to evolve and discussions swirl around the incident, official comments from both West and Censori are keenly awaited. While Rolling Stone reached out to Venezia Turismo Motoscafi and West, no statements have been released by either party at the time of this report.
While the dust is yet to settle on the Venice boat incident, the overarching narrative underscores the challenges of celebrity, discretion, and cultural respect in our increasingly globalized world. As the lines between private and public life blur, especially in the age of social media, society grapples with defining the boundaries of acceptable behavior. For now, all eyes remain on Venice, awaiting further developments and responses from those directly involved.