Monitoring reaction to Kanye West’s antisemitic comments and posts


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Back on October 11, Twitter restricted the account of American rapper and designer Kanye West, following an anti-Semitic rant in which he posted to the social media platform that he would go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”

The suspension came after Instagram Sunday suspended West’s profile on Sunday after he shared a screenshot of a conversation with rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs that was captioned “Jesus is Jew.” In one of the messages, West suggested that Combs was controlled by Jews, a centuries-old blood libel.

“Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me,” West, who now goes by Ye, wrote.

Since then, the reaction to the rant has gone viral and has become a topic of discussion worldwide. Here is a look a what is being said and posted about the storyline. Warning, some of the posts contain graphic language.

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Kanye West wanted to title his 2018 album ‘Hitler’

Rapper and fashion designer Kanye West has been in the news for the past several weeks, thanks to numerous antisemitic and otherwise hate speech-filled rants he has posted to Twitter or delivered on talk shows. 

According to CNN, “several people who were once close to the artist” told the news outlet that the rapper’s antisemitism is nothing new. In fact, according to several sources, West wanted to name his 2018 album “Hitler.” (The album was ultimately released with the title “Ye,” after West, who legally changed his name to Ye.

A business executive, who spoke with CNN under the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution from West and because of a confidentiality agreement, showed the news outlet the settlement he reached with West over workplace complaints including harassment. 

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Adidas terminates partnership with Kanye

In a statement published early Tuesday morning, the sportswear company Adidas has announced it has terminated its partnership with rap star Kanye West, now known as Ye.

“adidas (sic) does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness,” posted the company.

Five days ago, West who continually refuses to back down from his antisemitic rants, was on a podcast and boasted “I can literally say antisemitic s— and Adidas cannot drop me.”  Today, Adidas dropped him. 

“After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. adidas will stop the adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect.

“This is expected to have a short-term negative impact of up to €250 million on the company’s net income in 2022 given the high seasonality of the fourth quarter.”

“adidas is the sole owner of all design rights to existing products as well as previous and new colorways under the partnership. More information will be given as part of the company’s upcoming Q3 earnings announcement on November 9, 2022.”

Jessica Seinfeld’s Instagram post about Kanye West’s antisemitism goes viral among celebrities and influencers

(JTA) — As images of the banner held above Interstate 405 in Los Angeles claiming “Kanye is right about the Jews” ricocheted around the internet this weekend, Jessica Seinfeld decided to take a stand.

A cookbook author and wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Seinfeld posted a simple piece of text on a black background that reads “I support my friends and the Jewish people” and encouraged her 580,000 followers to share the post.

Seinfeld, who is Jewish, was weighing in two weeks after West, the rapper who now goes by Ye, launched a spree of antisemitic comments, including a call to “go death con 3” on Jews. The banner was displayed by members of the Goyim Defense League, a white supremacist group whose calling card is distributing antisemitic literature in communities across the United States.

For many, the banner became emblematic of how West’s comments can be seen as part of a broader pattern of antisemitism in the United States — and for Seinfeld and others who are active on social media, it became the latest in a string of high-profile moments that demand public expressions of solidarity. Read More

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Black – Jewish Entertainment Alliance

The Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance was launched to bring the two communities together in solidarity, to support each other in their struggles, and to better understand each other’s plight and narratives.

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Jamie Lee Curtis appeared on the Today Show on Monday and addresses her online response to Kanye West’s antisemitic posts on social media, saying West’s posts were “just abhorrent.”

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Comedian Sarah Silverman addressed what she describes as silence from those outside the Jewish community following West’s statements.

Michael Rapaport

Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport, who is no stranger to voicing his opinions on social media addressed his previous defenses of West during his public spat with Pete Davidson.