Kendall, Kylie and Kris Jenner and Khloe and Kim Kardashian have publicly expressed their support for the Jewish community in text-based Instagram images addressing Kanye West’s recent series of anti-Semitic interviews with Tucker Carlson, Chris Cuomo and Piers Morgan.
“Hate speech is never okay or forgivable,” wrote Kim Kardashian today. “I stand with the Jewish community and call on the horrific violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to end immediately.”
Khloe Kardashian was the first of her extended celebrity family to address West’s claim that he was being targeted by a Jewish cabal of businessmen.
“I support my Jewish friends and the Jewish people,” she wrote on sunday. Kendall, Kylie and Kris Jenner shared the image again.
After tweeting that he was going to “go to death with 3 on the JEWISH PEOPLE,” West was banned from Twitter and Instagram. JP Morgan, Balenciaga and his talent agency CAA have reportedly cut ties with West, who told Morgan that he was “absolutely not” sorry about last week’s tweet.
West, who legally changed his name to Ye last year, first aligned himself with the far right when he met with Donald Trump in New York City in 2016. Although he stopped wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, his recent rhetoric spurred a neo-Nazi rally on Saturday.
“Kanye is right about the Jews,” read a banner protesters in Los Angeles placed over the 405 freeway overpass as they saluted Nazis, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Both the Anti-Defamation League and StopAntisemitism believe the rally was started by the Goyim Defense League, whose leader, Jon Minadeo II, allegedly yelled at a California Highway Patrol officer who responded to the scene.
Former Anti-Defamation League board member Sam Yebri told the Times that locals have been finding flyers in their homes and in their vehicles expounding conspiracy theories that COVID-19 was part of a Jewish “agenda” and LGBTQ.
“Kanye’s comments give more air and momentum to hate that was previously confined to the dark corners of the internet,” Yebri told the Times. “He’s now showing up in neighborhoods, in people’s homes and all over Los Angeles.”
Ultimately, the Kardashian-Jenner clan aren’t the only celebrities publicly distancing themselves from West, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016, as their sentiment was shared by Reese witherspoonJennifer Aniston and Julianne Moore.