Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has been known for his public outbursts for years. But instead of his target being George W. Bush or Taylor Swift, West targeted Jewish people in October 2022. His anti-Semitic tirade drew the ire of many in the entertainment industry, including one of his longtime collaborators.
West sparked outrage in October 2022 when he wore a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt at his Yeezy runway show at Paris Fashion Week. He angered people, including his friend Diddy. Ye posted his text conversations with Diddy on Instagram, but West was soon banned from posting on the platform after an anti-Semitic post.
“It’s not a game,” Ye said to Diddy. “I use you as an example to show the Jews who told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me. I told you this is war. Now do some business.”
After his account was disabled from posting, West shared a photo of him with Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter and asked why he was kicked from Zuckerberg’s platform. “Look at this time. How did you kick me off Instagram?” You wrote.
Ye followed with another anti-Semitic post, which was quickly removed from Twitter. “I’m a little tired tonight, but when I wake up I’ll go [DEFCON] 3 on Jews,” he said. “The funny thing is that I can’t actually be an anti-Semite because black people are actually Jews too.”
“You guys have been toying with me and trying to pillory anyone who goes against your agenda,” the rapper added.
Mike Dean, who has been mixing Kanye’s songs since his 2004 debut album The college dropoutHe apparently aired his thoughts on the situation on Twitter. Rather than mentioning the content of Yes’s messages, Dean seemed focused on sharing his private conversations publicly.
“Publishing DMs and texts from people is the thirstiest[g] one person can do,” Dean said. When someone called Dean about apparently coming for Kanye, he clarified that he was talking about posting screenshots in general. “I’m not just talking about Ye,” Dean said. “Lots of screenshot posts from private convos.”
West, meanwhile, has drawn criticism from across the entertainment world for his anti-Semitic comments. Actor Jamie Lee Curtis, for example, was caught appearing in the today show because of Yes messages.
“I woke up and burst into tears,” Curtis said honestly. “DEFCON 3 against Jews? What do you do? It’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise worldwide, but on Twitter? As if the Jews didn’t have it hard enough already? I woke up and thought [about] my grandparents – it is disgusting. I hope he gets help, I hope his kids get help.”
Singer Ariana Grande agreed, sharing a video of Curtis’ words to her Instagram Stories.
Comedian Sarah Silverman, who is Jewish like Curtis, also spoke up Twitter. “Kanye was threatening the Jews on Twitter yesterday, and it’s not even trending,” she said. “Why do mostly only Jews speak out against Jew hatred? The silence is so loud.”
EGOT winner John Legend, on the other hand tweeted his own thoughts. “Odd how all these ‘free independent thinkers’ always end up with the same old anti-Blackness and anti-Semitism,” he said.
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