Kanye West or Ye as he now prefers to be called has engaged in a diatribe against Jews that even has white supremacists aghast
By Rolene Marks
Have you ever watched or listened to something in the media and asked yourself, is this real? Am I imagining this? Surely this cannot be happening? Those were the sentiments expressed in my home last week when reluctantly (and without the benefit of imbibing something alcoholic) my husband and I ventured near Kanye West’s latest diatribe against the Jews – this time on Info Wars, hosted by poster-child for the far-right, Alex Jones. Infowars is reportedly banned from most platforms; but clever sleuthing by my husband and The Jerusalem Post, it was found.
It has taken me a few days to be able to put down in writing what I heard because what Kanye West, who calls himself Ye, spewed was so abominable, so offensive that I was momentarily stunned into silence.
Why did we watch, you ask. Morbid curiosity? Gluttons for punishment? Content for my radio slot the next day? All of the above.
Ye, wearing a full face mask to show his support for shamed fashion house, Balenciaga but really just looking like an extra from an ISIS kidnap video, appeared along with white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who made headlines when he accompanied him to a dinner at Mar-a-Lago with former President Trump last week. Balenciaga is shamed for adverts that feature children and looking dangerously close to promoting paedophilia.
A veritable triumvirate of antisemites.
Ye had everyone in his sites – from Benyamin Netanyahu to commentator, Ben Shapiro and the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) as well as any Jewish businessman who had told this overgrown tantrum-riddled toddler, no.
But it was this comment that really went beyond the extreme. The artist formerly known as relevant, began to praise Hitler.
“You’re not Hitler, you’re not a Nazi, you don’t deserve to be called that and demonized,” Jones told Ye.
Ye, who I shall now rename, Ye-dolf responded:
“Well, I see good things about Hitler also. I love everyone,” Ye said in response, “And Jewish people are not going to tell me you can love us, and you can love what we’re doing to you with the contracts, and and you can love what we’re pushing with the pornography” while also condemning Hitler, he added, saying “you can’t say out loud that this person ever did anything good, and I’m done with that.”
“Every human being has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler,” Ye continued. “Also Hitler was born Christian.”
As the show headed to a commercial break, Jones told Ye he had a “Hitler fetish,” to which Ye responded, “I like Hitler.”
Ye also said he does “not like the word evil next to Nazis” after Jones pushed back on some of his comments, saying, “I love Jewish people, but I also love Nazis. We gotta stop dissing Nazis,” he said.
Jones laughed in response, saying, “Well, I have to disagree with that.”
When a shill for the far-right feels uncomfortable with these types of comments, well, you may have a problem.
Still wearing his mask, Ye then spoke about his political aspirations. No, I am not making this up!
He spoke about approaching former President Trump about being his running mate in the 2024 elections and said this about being rebuffed:
“They want to separate and confuse the Christians and make us afraid to stand next to each other, because Jesus can save everyone, but if the Zionists can get us so afraid that they’re going to do what they’ve been doing to me. … You put on the whole armour of god, and they will not be able to break your spirit.”
As Jones was visibly uncomfortable and Fuentes watched with a grin, Ye pulled out a bottle of Yoo-hoo chocolate drink and a small net he indicated represented Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, mimicking him in a high-pitched voice saying, “We have to control the history books. We have to control the banks. And we have to go and kill people.”
He didn’t stop there. He accused Rahm Emmanuel of “controlling Barack Obama”.
It went from worse, to well, worse.
The artist formerly known as popular was condemned by most. I was following journalists tweeting as he spoke and many of them expressed the same sentiment – this level of hatred was so bad, that they were visibly uncomfortable and horrified.
Good. They must be. For years Jews have been sounding the alarm about rising antisemitism and it has fallen on uninterested ears. Twitter mogul Elon Musk has suspended Ye’s account for posting offensive imagery:
Antisemitism is now at a tipping point. We have said it before and will say it again – this is not the tirade of a man in the throes of a breakdown. Ye has a history spanning several years of antisemitic comments, deftly buried by his influence. Oh the irony! And they say we Jews don’t understand irony…….
Where do we go from here? One thing is for sure, we cannot be complacent or silent anymore. Commentator, Jordan Peterson, weighed in on Ye’s comments, saying that Jews are the canary in the coal mine and this is a sign of the “hell” to come.
Like him or not, Peterson is correct. What starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. Are we prepared? The alarm bells are no longer ringing – they are clanging. Ye said he was going “DEATHCON 3 on the Jews”. Well, he has gone full nuclear.
He may be unhinged with hate – but we have to be very aware of his influence on many who still sadly, support him. We cannot afford not to be.
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