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Kanye’s Social Media Follower Count Grows Despite Anti-Semitic Posts

Kanye West’s social media following has grown, despite his anti-Semitic posts.

In a since-deleted Saturday tweet, the 45-year-old rapper – who legally changed his name to Ye – wrote that he was “going to kill the Jewish people 3”, adding: “You played with me and tried to blame all person who opposes your agenda.”

He also shared a screenshot of a text conversation with Diddy via Instagram on Friday in which he accused the rapper – real name Sean Combs – of being controlled by Jews.

According to Social Blade, a website that tracks social media statistics, Ye’s Twitter and Instagram followers have increased since the posts were posted.

On Saturday, the “Stronger” artist saw an increase of 180,925 Twitter followers, up from 18,772 on Friday, 13,836 on Thursday and 3,476 on Wednesday alone.

On Instagram, the father of four – who shares children North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm with ex-wife Kim Kardashian, 41 – saw a big spike with 67,698 new followers on Friday. In the days leading up to the Diddy post, West only gained 5,347 followers and 19,694 subscribers.

Comedian David Baddiel told Pleasemynewshowever, that the overall reaction to West’s tweet, in particular, was “encouraging.”

“My position as author of Jews don’t count is that, in general, the progressive community does not see the offense against Jews as worthy of reacting on the same level as that against other minorities, and this is partly because of an idea – illustrated in the tweet of Kanye – that Jews are powerful and privileged and do not need the protections given to other minorities in the modern world of identity politics,” the 58-year-old said.

“Kanye’s tweet was standard in that he clearly didn’t see himself as being racist, but hard-hitting, as people often do when attacking Jews, talking about global agendas and trying to control etc. “

Baddiel added, however, that “the dial changes a bit on this”, noting that it “was acclaimed that many people, including Black Twitter, weighed in on him in a way that was more reactive against the anti-Semitism than perhaps was the case before.”

Celebrities have also spoken out against the Atlanta, Georgia native.

During an appearance on the Today On Monday, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, 63, whose father, Tony, was the son of Hungarian Jewish emigrants, said she “burst into tears” after reading West’s tweet.

“I mean, it’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise in the world,” she told host Hoda Kotb. “But on Twitter, on a portal, to dump this? As if the Jews hadn’t had enough trouble?”

Comedian Sarah Silverman, 51, tweeted: “Kanye threatened Jews yesterday on Twitter and it’s not even trendy. Why is it mostly only Jews speaking out against Jewish hatred? The silence is so strong.”

Maria Shriver, 66, agreed, adding via her own Twitter account: “We all need to get on it. These kind of threats and this kind of language should be condemned by all sides and all faiths. We should never overcome something like that.”

West did not speak about the backlash.

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