Although Kanye West has received widespread criticism for his latest round of antisemitic remarks, the musician is no stranger to making contentious statements.
The 45-year-old, who last year legally changed his name to Ye, has had a documentary about him delayed and his talent agency, the clothing line Balenciaga, Adidas and his bank JP Morgan have all dropped him. Here is a look at what West stated as well as some of his other contentious past statements.
What Was His Most Recent Statement?
Earlier this month, West said he was “going death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE” in a tweet but afterward claimed he wasn’t “Anti Semitic because black people are truly Jew as well.”
You guys have been playing with me and trying to blackball anyone who doesn’t agree with your schedule, he continued. The article has since been taken down. It happened after he claimed in an Instagram post that record producer Sean “Diddy” Combs was under the authority of “the Jewish people.”
Somebody really asked "what did Kanye say about the Jews that was so bad?"
— 👑Problematic D.👑 #AFA (@Just_CallMeD) October 26, 2022
What Was The People’s Reaction?
Many people denounced West’s comments and some companies have cut ties with him. He lost his position on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people after Adidas discontinued its profitable collaboration with the celebrity and declared that it would immediately stop producing the famous Yeezy line.
The clothing retailer Gap Inc., which severed ties with West in September is also moving swiftly to remove Yeezy Gap merchandise from its stock. The 45-year-old has also lost the support of the fashion brand Balenciaga and talent agency CAA and a finished documentary about West has been shelved.
Although West’s statements were deemed “terrible,” according to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, his music would continue to be available on the service. West was ejected from the Skechers corporate office in LA following an incident where he “showed up unannounced and uninvited.”
The US shoe firm claimed in a statement that he showed up and engaged in “unauthorized recording.”The star’s wax sculpture has also been hidden from view at Madame Tussauds in London.
On Twitter, West’s account was locked and he was prohibited from posting, commenting or messaging on Instagram. He replied by promising to purchase the social networking site Parler, which bills itself as a “viewpoint-neutral social media app dedicated to freedom of expression, civic conversation and user privacy.”
His ex-wife Kim Kardashian denounced his remarks, writing on Twitter and Instagram: “Hate speech is never acceptable or justified. I demand that the awful acts of violence and offensive remarks directed at the Jewish community cease right away.”
She first spoke out about her ex-bipolar husband’s disease in 2020. Those who are close to Kanye understand his heart and are aware that occasionally his words do not reflect his intentions, she said.
Comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted in response to his most recent statements: “Kanye threatened the Jews yesterday on Twitter and it’s not even trending. Why do mostly only Jews condemn Jewish hatred? The silence is deafening.
A US-based antisemitic hate group is said to have flown a banner that read “Kanye is right about the Jews” over a Los Angeles flyover while giving the Nazi salute, showing that some people do support the artist.
Social media users reacted negatively to the action. Silverman shared a photo of the protest with the message, “Lemme guesses: still not time to get terrified.” Dan Levy, an actor and author, said the same thing, adding, “F*** this foolish, deadly bull****.”
The poster was posted on the actor Florence Pugh’s Instagram page with the caption “Absolutely terrible.” Anti-Semitism in any form is abhorrent, Reese Witherspoon tweeted. In-person. Online. Where doesn’t matter? It is unacceptable and based on hatred. “Fully comprehend why my Jewish friends and coworkers are afraid for their families. It’s a pretty scary period right now.
What Has He said In The Past?
Other controversial statements made by West recently include the notion that slavery was “a choice” and the characterization of the COVID-19 vaccination as the “mark of the beast.”
In reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement, he made a scene at Paris Fashion Week by donning a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt. White Lives Matter is a neo-Nazi organization, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center which keeps track of hate groups.
West made multiple comments regarding Jews and money during a guest appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program. He has previously faced criticism for wearing Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats and endorsing Donald Trump.
West has talked about his mental health after receiving a bipolar illness diagnosis in 2017. He stated: “When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything, everyone, in an interview with David Letterman in 2019.”
“This is just my experience others may have had other things. Nowadays, everyone is an actor. It’s all a conspiracy. Your perception is that the government is trying to influence you. You think someone is watching you. You experience each of these.
According to the NHS website, bipolar illness is characterized by severe mood fluctuations that can range from extreme highs to extreme lows. Maniacal and depressive episodes that affect the sufferer can endure for several weeks or months.
People who have bipolar disorder may make unusual and dangerous choices, frequently without understanding the consequences. However, some have asserted that someone’s mental state cannot justify their inappropriate behavior.
The CEO of the media and entertainment business Endeavor, Ari Emanuel, stated in a Financial Times article that “mental illness is not an excuse for bigotry, intolerance or anti-Semitism. The millions of people who suffer from mental illness do not support divisive beliefs. Others dismiss his remarks as mere words but nasty words all too easily turn into terrible deeds.
Here we discuss what Kanye says about Jews. Earlier this month, West said he was “going death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE” in a tweet but afterward claimed he wasn’t “Anti Semitic because black people are truly Jew as well.”
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