Another top Hollywood executive is calling for Kanye West’s cancellation.
United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer reportedly emailed staff on Sunday urging them to support the boycott against West.
“As a company, we champion a wide diversity of voices and ideas. But we cannot support hate speech, bigotry or anti-Semitism,” he wrote, according to a Deadline report. “Please support the boycott of Kanye West. Loud voices spitting hate have often pushed people to do hateful things. Let’s not be lulled into thinking this time is different.
In his email, Zimmer not only cited recent anti-Semitic banners in support of West hanging over the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, but also the rise of anti-Israel sentiment on college campuses. He wrote:
Equally disturbing is what is happening on college campuses, where concern and debate about Zionism becomes veiled anti-Semitism. Wellesley College has recently been at the epicenter of this dilemma. The Wellesley newspaper recently backed a mapping project showing nearby Jewish-owned businesses and suggesting they should be boycotted. The assumption being that because they are owned by Jews, they must be anti-Palestine. This is the kind of dangerous thinking that can lead to fiery anti-Semitism and hatred, and there have been examples of it in other schools.
Zimmer’s email comes after rival agency Endeavour’s CEO Ari Emanuel demanded a full corporate boycott of West, writing last week in a FinancialTimes editorial that companies like Apple, Spotify and Adidas should stop working with the billionaire rapper and fashion mogul.
UTA is perhaps Hollywood’s most left-leaning talent agency. The company, which represents many celebrities and filmmakers, held an anti-Trump rally after the 2016 presidential election. More recently, it supported the Black Lives Matter movement and pledged $1 million to “causes of justice social”.
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