Kanye West has apologized to “the Jewish community” for a series of anti-Semitic comments he made in 2022.
In a statement posted in Hebrew on his Instagram account, where he has 18.2 million followers, he wrote (translated by Google): “I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community… It was not my intention to to hurt or demean, and I deeply regret it. any pain I may have caused. I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future. Your forgiveness is important to me and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity.
West, also known as Ye, was widely condemned after writing on X in October 2022 that he was “going to death.” 3 On the JEWISH PEOPLE… You played with me and tried to sideline anyone who opposed your agenda.” He posted a screenshot of a conversation with rapper Diddy, in which West wrote: “I’m going to use you as an example to show the Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten me or influence me. »
The comments prompted Adidas to cut ties with West and end its lucrative partnership with Yeezy shoes, with the company calling his comments “unacceptable, hateful and dangerous.” (Adidas chief executive Bjørn Gulden later said: “I don’t think he meant what he said and I don’t think he’s a bad person – it’s just what he said). ‘passed.’) Gap, which also partnered with West and was already ending their collaboration, stopped stocking West-affiliated products.
West’s anti-Semitism intensified in December 2022, in an interview with right-wing pundit Alex Jones. “I see good things in Hitler,” West said. “Every human being has something of value that they contributed, especially Hitler…(The Nazis) did good things too…There are a lot of things I like about Hitler.” He also posted an image of a swastika mixed with a Star of David.
Jonathan Greenblatt, national director and executive director of the Anti-Defamation League, was among those who condemned West, calling him a “vicious anti-Semite” who “put Jews in danger.” Joe Biden issued a statement shortly after West’s comments, although not addressing West by name, saying in part: “The Holocaust happened. Hitler was a demonic figure. West was also suspended from X, although his account has since been reinstated.
West is preparing to release his latest album, Vultures, due January 12. The collaboration with singer Ty Dolla $ign, which was recorded in Saudi Arabia and also features appearances by Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, West’s daughter North and others, was originally scheduled for release on Dec. 15 but was pushed back .
Heard at an album reading in Miami in December, one of the lyrics responds to West’s previous remarks, as he raps “I’m not anti-Semitic” in a crude and sexually explicit phrase. On stage, West wore a hood similar to those worn by the Ku Klux Klan.
Later in December, West was filmed in Las Vegas giving a scattered speech, with the rapper shouting, “Who makes the hospitals?” They are Zionists… Jesus Christ, Hitler, Ye. Third party. Sponsor this.
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