Kanye West, whose disgusting behavior has been widely denounced (though cheered by House Republicans), stooped to a new low on Saturday night when he tweeted a nasty rant against Jewish people, which was then banned by Twitter for breaching their policy. Rapper (now known by his new identity, “Ye”) tweets, “I’m a tad drowsy tonight but when I wake up I’m gonna death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.”
The irony is that I am unable to be anti-Semitic since “black people are genuinely Jew additionally you guys have messed with me and tried to blackball anyone who opposes your agenda.” After some time, an automated system removed the tweet and replaced it with the text, “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules.”
The Twitter account in question was locked because of a violation of Twitter’s regulations, a Twitter spokeswoman confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Sunday. About a day after Ye’s antisemitic comment, the CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg (who was raised Jewish), banned Ye’s Instagram account for violating the company’s policies.
Twelve hours between these tweets. pic.twitter.com/N13Mrfth32
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 9, 2022
After rapper Ye tweeted a screenshot of a message he had written to Sean “Diddy” Combs in which he used a classic antisemitic cliche by implying that Combs was under the control of shadowy, powerful Jewish people, Instagram moderators deleted the screenshot and restricted Ye’s account.
On Sunday, a spokeswoman for Meta confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Ye had been banned from using his account and had all content removed because he had violated the site’s policies. He has been primarily active on Instagram since November 2020, therefore his tweets were among his first in that time.
Twitter’s possible future owner Elon Musk welcomed Ye back to the platform with the tweet “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!” when he resumed tweeting over the weekend. Ye, who has previously spoken openly about his struggles with bipolar disease, has displayed conduct in recent days that has startled many onlookers and led to denunciations from a number of prominent personalities.
Look at this Mark
How you gone kick me off instagram
You used to be my nigga pic.twitter.com/YQzjw01jur
— ye (@kanyewest) October 8, 2022
After Editor-at-Large Gabriella Karefa-Johnson chastised Ye for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt to Paris Fashion Week, the magazine released a statement in her defense, calling Ye’s series of Instagram postings bullying and “specifically targeting” her. Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center report that this statement is frequently used as a racist response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Also speaking out in support of Karefa-Johnson was supermodel Gigi Hadid, who called out Ye as “a bully and a joke” on his Instagram page. And this, of course, took place while Ye was still bashing Kim Kardashian and her family. Ye also spoke with Tucker Carlson of the far-right Fox News on Thursday night, accusing Trump’s Jewish adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner of helping to broker lucrative deals with Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee commented on Ye’s Fox News appearance and “White Lives Matter” stunt on Twitter, drawing comparisons to Elon Musk and Donald Trump. The ADL called Ye’s actions “very unsettling, dangerous, and anti-Semitic,”.
Kanye. Elon. Trump.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) October 7, 2022
while the American Jewish Committee claimed he “fomented hatred of Jews” in his online writings and speeches. The ADL stated on Twitter that “there is no excuse for his propagation of white supremacist slogans and classic #antisemitism regarding Jewish power, especially given the platform he possesses.”