Kanye West skeptics may have been right to question the sincerity of his surprise apology for his years of anti-Semitic outbursts, with a report released Wednesday claiming the wording of his statement reads as if it was generated by artificial intelligence software.
Gossip site TMZ said his fans accused the embattled rapper of using AI to prepare his apology, which was posted in Hebrew on his Instagram account on Tuesday. The statement began: “I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unintentional outburst caused by my words or actions, I did not intend to hurt or disrespect, and I deeply regret any pain that I could have caused. The statement ended with the rapper promising to “learn from this experience” and asking for forgiveness. “I pledge to make amends and promote unity,” the apology concludes.
TMZ said the statement wasn’t overflowing with the volatile rapper’s usual “animated flair.” So the site connected West’s apology to an AI content detector, which highlighted strong buzzwords typically associated with chatbot expressions. Buzzwords include “sincerely apologize,” “I did not intend to cause offense,” and “promote unity.” The AI content detector said there was an 85% chance West’s apology was written by a computer.
Certainly, the line “I deeply regret any pain I may have caused” doesn’t sound like West, a polarizing figure in music and fashion who became known for his erratic public behavior. He also sparked controversy for making anti-Semitic and sexually offensive remarks in public and in his private business dealings, including with Adidas, as revealed by a New York Times investigation.
Adidas ended its lucrative deal with West in fall 2022, after West posted a series of anti-Semitic statements on social media and in interviews. He declared he would launch “a death attack on the JEWISH PEOPLE,” expressed his fondness for Adolf Hitler, denied the Holocaust, and tweeted an image combining the Star of David with a swastika.
Recently, West has appeared to step up his efforts to be provocative on the issue of anti-Semitism. Earlier this month, he donned a black KKK hood while performing the title track from his new album “Vultures” at Art Basel in Miami. He used the song to address complaints about his past anti-Semitic behavior, rapping that he had just had sex with a Jewish woman, to whom he referred to vulgarly. “How am I anti-Semitic? I’m just (expletive) a (expletive) Jew,” West said, repeating the second line.
Disturbingly, West’s 10-year-old daughter North West was on stage with him. The girl, whose mother is Kim Kardashian, performed a musical verse in one of the songs from the album during the “Vultures Rave” concert.
TMZ said West’s apology “doesn’t sound like a typical Kanye,” and the site said it found more evidence that he, or a member of his team, turned to AI to draft the statement. TMZ said it hired ChatGPT to write a similar apology. After several prompts and some trial and error, the computer “spit out a statement eerily similar” to West’s, TMZ said.
The TMZ report raises the question of whether West is truly sorry for his anti-Semitic comments and whether he truly intends to “make amends” and promote “unity.” Or maybe West, or his team, felt he needed to apologize for public relations purposes. As TMZ put it, West may have to clean house in order to get into the “good graces” of the streaming giants, who could offer top play for his new album, which is considered his musical comeback. The album, scheduled for release on December 31, was pushed back to January 12.
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