Kanye West’s anti-Semitic and controversial behavior: this is all he has said in recent weeks

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In early October, Kanye West, also known as “Ye,” made a series of public appearances and interviews in which he spouted anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories, criticized Black Lives Matter, ended business relationships, and was blocked on social media. platforms, drawing widespread criticism and pushback from his industry peers – this is all he said and what he does and doesn’t regret.


October 3West, Candace Owens, and at least one model wear T-shirts with “White Lives Matter” written on them at West’s Yeezy fashion show in Paris; The Southern Poverty Law Center says the term is associated with a neo-Nazi group of the same name that was founded as “a racist response to the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement” and describes itself as “dedicated to promoting the white race and taking positive action as a united voice against the problems facing our race.”

4th of OctoberAfter criticizing LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault at West’s fashion show, the rapper unsubstantiatedly claims on Instagram that Arnault “KILLED MY BEST FRIEND,” apparently alluding to designer Virgil Abloh, who died of cancer last year. , and then claims that LVMH’s elitism and racism affected Abloh’s health. ; West is criticized by the creative director of streetwear brand Supreme, Tremaine Emory, for using Abloh’s death for his own benefit.

October 6After West publicly complained about his contract with Adidas to make Yeezy products, Adidas says it is reviewing its longstanding relationship with West, and in response, West writes on Instagram, “FUUUUUCK ADIDAS I’M ADIDAS ADIDAS RAPED AND STOLE MY DESIGNS.”

October 6In an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News, West uses an ultrasound photo around his neck to demonstrate his pro-life views and unsubstantiatedly claims, “There are more black babies aborted than born in New York City right now. Fifty percent of black death in America is abortion,” and then mentions singer Lizzo when she says that being overweight is “genocide of the black race.”

October 7West is banned on Instagram for violating the app’s policies after posting a screenshot of a text conversation he had with Sean “Diddy” Combs in which he said he was going to use Combs “as an example to show the Jewish people that told him to do it.” call me so no one can threaten or influence me,” which, according to the American Jewish Committee, invokes “tropes like greed and control” on the Jewish people.

October 9On Twitter, West claims he’s going to do “death with 3 against the Jewish people,” an apparent misspelling of “defcon,” and says it wasn’t anti-Semitic of him to say so because “Blacks are Jews too”—his account is quickly blocked by the social media platform.

October 10thWhile his accounts elsewhere are blocked, West posts a documentary on YouTube, containing footage of him showing a pornographic film to Adidas executives.

October 11thVice’s Motherboard leaks footage from West’s interview with Carlson that was edited out of the broadcast, including him saying the term “Jewish” refers to “the 12 lost tribes of Judah.” . . who the people known as the black race really are,” a belief the Anti-Defamation League says stems from the Black Hebrew Israelite movement; he also falsely claims that Planned Parenthood was founded to “control the Jewish population.” (Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger did believe in eugenics and the racist, able-bodied idea of ​​selective breeding, which the organization now denounces.)

October 12talk show The store says it would not broadcast an interview with West because he used the platform to “reiterate more hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes.”

October 15thIn a since-removed episode of baby championsWest falsely claims that George Floyd died from fentanyl, and not because former officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes; Floyd’s family later says they plan to sue West over the comments.

October the 17thConservative social media platform Parler announces that West is buying it, with West saying, “In a world where conservative views are seen as controversial, we need to make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely.”

October the 17thIn an interview with Chris Cuomo, West talks about the “Jewish underground media mob” and says his “death with 3” comments refer to when “black musicians were signed to Jewish record labels and those Jewish record labels took over,” a form of “modern day slavery”; the ADL says his comments tap into “old anti-Semitic myths about Jewish greed, power and control of the entertainment industry.”

October 19In morgan piers uncensoredAfter saying he has no regrets about his anti-Semitic comments, West apologizes to “the people I hurt with the ‘death scam’ comment” and to “the families of the people who had nothing to do with it.” the trauma I’ve suffered.” through.”

October 19West tells Piers Morgan that President Joe Biden is “cursed” for not following Elon Musk’s advice, saying he can use the term because he has “mental health issues.”

Kanye’s mental health

West has been open about his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, even going so far as to call it a “superpower.” He has spoken about his complicated relationship with taking medication for the condition. In 2018, he told the New York Times he was “learning not to take medication,” and later that year said he hadn’t taken any for six months. “I can feel myself again,” she said. tweeted. His ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, said in 2019 that “taking medication isn’t really an option, because it just changes who he is.” The following year, he pleaded for compassion for his then-spouse, writing on Instagram: “He is a brilliant but complicated person who, in addition to the pressures of being an artist and a black man, experienced the painful loss of his mother and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is aggravated by his “mental illness”. This winter, West slammed an Instagram user who suggested he wasn’t taking his medication, saying it’s “DESCENDING TO SAY I DON’T TAKE MY MEDICATIONS EVERY TIME I TALK.”

Kanye’s connection to conservatives

In recent years, West has grown increasingly close to conservative politicians. Previously, she hugged former President Donald Trump, visited him at the White House and wore his signature “Make America Great Again” hats. In 2020, West ran for president as a “birthday party” candidate, but it was later revealed that his campaign was run by people with deep GOP connections. Lately, West has been closely tied to Owens. In addition to attending his fashion show in his “White Lives Matter” T-shirt, West attended the premiere of his documentary. The Biggest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM. It was after seeing the film that West made the incorrect claim about Floyd’s death. Parler’s CEO is George Farmer, Owens’s husband.

Kanye net worth

Forbes West is estimated to be worth $2 billion, with much of it coming from his long-term deal with Adidas. After West debuted the “White Lives Matter” jerseys, Adidas said it was reviewing his relationship with him. If West lost the Adidas deal, Forbes reported that he could lose his status as a billionaire. Luxury fashion house Balenciaga said on Friday that it “no longer has any relationship or plans for future projects related to this artist.”

Other readings

The House Of Ye: Chaos, Anti-Semitism, ‘White Lives Matter,’ And Steady, Undisturbed Sales (Forbes)

Anti-Defamation League asks Adidas to drop Kanye West after anti-Semitic comments (Forbes)

George Floyd’s family to sue Kanye West for $250 million over false comments about death (Forbes)

The fate of Kanye West’s career rests in the hands of his fans, PR pros say (Forbes)

Kanye West is buying the right-wing social media platform Parler (Forbes)

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