Kanye West
West's controversial and offensive comments elicited repudiation online.

Musician Kanye West was briefly locked out of his Twitter account following an antisemitic tweet posted over the weekend.

It’s been a big week for Kanye, who legally changed his name to Ye. On Friday, Instagram restricted his account, and earlier in the week he made headlines by wearing a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt at his fashion show in Paris.

But it’s his shocking antisemitic tweet – following a two-year Twitter hiatus – that has captured the most reactions.

kanye west antisemitic tweet

The tweet was deleted and West’s since had his Twitter account restored, but the reactions keep rolling in. 

The Anti-Defamation League didn't mince words in its criticism of the message Kanye was sending:

Meanwhile, actress Jamie Lee Curtis expressed outrage not just about the content of the message, but its timing – coming just days after the conclusion of Yom Kippur, the most important holiday in the Jewish faith.

https://twitter.com/jamieleecurtis/status/1579071323795779584

Entrepreneur Christopher Bouzy urged people not to use mental illness as an excuse for anti-semitism. 

Others turned to dark humor:

https://twitter.com/bambooney/status/1578966094672691200

Anti-Semitism Alarm Bells

Unfortunately, Kanye's tweet may be indicative of a larger trend. Incidents of anti-semitism have been on the rise in recent years. From disturbing studies about anti-Jewish sentiment, to incidents of hate caught on camera, Jewish-rights advocates say there is plenty of cause for concern.

In some places, activists are even taking to the streets in security patrols to keep Jewish people safe. 

Safe to say, Kanye's tweet didn't help matters. 

What is your reaction?

44 comments

  1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

    West is an angry person. He is also mentally unbalanced. Twitter should block him permantly and stop helping him spread his anger. Racism has no excuse.

    1. Pastor Jim's Avatar Pastor Jim

      I don't particularly agree with the man and his opinion has not changed or encited me to act in any negative way. Your statement, however, concerns me much more than Kanye's remarks and seems straight out of Communistic dictates. We still live in a free country and freedom of speech is still guaranteed by the Constitituon to all US citizens... and I will stand at Kanye's side to defend it.

    2. Dr. Zerpersande, NSC's Avatar Dr. Zerpersande, NSC

      I thought that Twitter HAD ALREADY blocked him.

      Oops. Sorry. That was a different angry, mentally unbalanced twit…ter.

    3. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      Hey colleen, either you or mentally unbalanced and need to be punished for it like you would like to punish west, or you should be banned for encouraging restricting the person's constitutional freedom, a great slippery slope, because of what you call an illness. Something very wrong about the way you think. How would you like what you suggest done to you? At least you haven't yet made an excuse for yourself, but I wouldn't be surprised if you do.

      1. Colleen McAllister's Avatar Colleen McAllister

        Rev Mark D I see nothing unbalanced in my comment. Being banned from a private social media site is hardly punishment or stopping someone's constitutional freedom. Freedom of speech does not cover a private website. Racism is not something that should be tolerated or excused. It is my opinion that such hate messages should be blocked from sites - private or not - that are open to the public to read and post. It is my right to express that opinion on such sites, and others may complain about me if they choose, as you did. My previous comment was my reaction, just as yours was.

        1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

          how would Biden get his message out if hate speech was blocked?

          1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

            It might not get out, if law makers have their way with some new laws. California is setting the example with 2 new consumer data privacy laws already in effect.

            You don’t have Biden to thank for that, it’s Alex Jones, Carton Tucker, Marjorie Taylor Green and all of the prro-Christian anti-other religion laws they are proposing in the name of a Christian. God. Look at the money they have raised thank to public media with the lies they are spreading.

            1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

              I seriously doubt that they are going to block Biden's hate speech. That is a nice thought though!

        2. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

          You're right, being cancelled out of a whole swathe of lucrative contracts for violating the moral terpitude clauses of their contracts (which in business is not easy to do) speaks more loudly.

          As to your grandiose statements' inclusions of "we," you don't and can't speak for "me." Thanks for the thought though.

  1. Rev Frankie PG's Avatar Rev Frankie PG

    One of the greatest freedoms of this country is listed in the Bill of Rights, the first being Freedom of Speech. Though we may not agree with others speech, we should still appreciate the good and the bad, so that figures like Kanye can be better understood. My feelings of Kanye definitely differs from what was posted but I'm not going to discard him as a person. It is our responsibility, in the seminary, to respect all people.. doesn't mean that we have to have lunch with them, send them money, support their causes, nor anything else relatable to them. They have a soul and many of us have our positions to promote the Fruits of The Spirit.

    1. Krystina S.'s Avatar Krystina S.

      Well, there is an implicit threat and approval of violence in the "Death Con" phrase (rather than the correct DefCon.) This must NOT stand. It is not about "free speech."

  1. Alexander Penley's Avatar Alexander Penley

    What yayo said is truly terrible. However it's also terrible to try to legitimise the ADL which has always been a hate group in disguise. There's books on the subject as well as a lawsuit successfully brought by Food Not Bombs as the ADL illegally spied on many of their members.

  1. Rev. John Bolen's Avatar Rev. John Bolen

    Everyone is intitied to there opinion.......Until you don't agree with it . Then the crybabies come out . Have factual adult conversations

  1. Robert Gagnon's Avatar Robert Gagnon

    Perfect example how people need attention.Don't give it to these losers. Every time they start going unnoticed, they say something stupid. Words are so cheap,especially these days. Ignore this ignorance, use your brain cells for something productive.

  1. Nicholas J Page's Avatar Nicholas J Page

    Kanye West should learn to keep his fat mouth shut.Don't try and blame your Bi Polar I have suffered with it all my life even my cousin who had it took her own life. Racism has no part in today's society Its like the blacks saying black lives matter Well not to upset anyone all lives matter. Before anyone gets on their high horse I have a cousin who is of Arabic heritage. I don't look at him as Arabic he's my cousin and like all my family and friends I love them all.I got married in Jamaica the whole country is black people I treat all people with respect. I have a close friend who is of Jewish decent.I treat him like everyone else were all the same.Nicholas Page UK

  1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

    Biden has said many racist things but the US overwhelmingly voted for him.

    1. Krystina S.'s Avatar Krystina S.

      Did you mistype? I'm sure you meant "Trump has said many racist things but the US got him as president even though he did not win the popular election." Biden is not a bigot.

      1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

        Of course he is a bigot. In 1977 he said, and I quote:

        “I don’t want my children to grow up in a jungle, a racial jungle”

        This was when he was talking about integrating black students in schools. He said it would turn schools into a jungle.

        Also, until 1983, Social Security income wasn’t taxed. Guess who sponsored the tax on seniors? Joe Biden.

        🦁❤️

      2. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        You sound like an election denier! We forgive Biden and any bigot that voted for him, after all, we in the US forgive others.

  1. Jake Reynolds's Avatar Jake Reynolds

    Ye auld adage, screw’em if they can’t take a yolk.

    1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

      :)

  1. Minister Carlos Ricardo Walls's Avatar Minister Carlos Ricardo Walls

    Unfortunately ignorance will be around forever.Think before you open your mouth?

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    Just another typical anti semite, no news here.

  1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

    That's okay, the first Holocaust was on Armenians. Maybe he should ask his wife about that.

  1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

    Biden has gotten away with racist hate speech for 50 years and the liberals overwhelmingly elected him. This just seems like more woke double standards.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      I agree with you Richard. It was in fact Biden who said, in 1977, “I don’t want my children to grow up in a jungle, a racial jungle”, when discussing the topic of integrating black students in schools.

      🦁❤️

      1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

        It is a sad and sickening position the US and world is in.

  1. Rev. MichaelRS's Avatar Rev. MichaelRS

    This is not surprising. During the Civil Rights Movement of the '60s, and other periods, including today, other than black people themselves Jewish people have been at the forefront of that movement in their active support of black Americans.

    Anecdotally it seems that that support and consideration has not been returned.

    But as we have seen with the recent kerfuffle behind closed doors involving the Los Angeles city council, what liberals say in public is quite different from what they say and feel in private.

    So who knows who really supports who and for what reasons?

  1. Joe Stutler's Avatar Joe Stutler

    We do a poor job with mental health care in our nation. Ye is living proof.

    1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

      You are so right, Joe. Look at all the religions out there that people insist on believing are true 🤷🏼.

      Thank you for your comment 🤗

      🦁❤️

  1. Douglas Robert Spindler's Avatar Douglas Robert Spindler

    Are Self-hating Jews or self-loathing Jews mentally ill? Is he racists and mentality ill for saying "White Lives Maters"? I don't think so. Isn't his income coming from an industry and companies who are run by Jews? And haven't these companies recently treated him, a Jewish black man like crap?

    Read what he said. I'm going to defcon 3 against the Jews, he's not telling other to do it. He's saying the reason he's doing it is because the Jew's he's been working with are black balling him. And isn't he right? The Jews terminated his account?

    Is he mentally ill? Or is he being driven crazy by the way he's been treated.

    And what is Defcon 3? It's a defense readiness condition. America is at Defcon 3 right now so why can't he?

    1. John D. Partin's Avatar John D. Partin

      There was another man who thought that he was being blackballed and excluded by Jews from the profession that he wanted and, maybe, even was because he wasn't up to their standards and that set him off on the road of hating all Jews and going def-con 3 on them, and that man was Adolf Hitler. If anyone thinks that Jews or any other people are excluding them from anything, there are other ways of doing it, anyway, and other people who will help them to do it without working himself up into a pathological hatred of Jews. If we excuse Kanye West and Louis Farrakhan and the rest of the Nation of Islam for their antiSemitism, even if they claim that "black people are Jews, too", which means hating themselves and is illogical, then we would have to excuse Hitler, too, who just went further with that than Kanye and others are doing now. If the root of antiSemitism is wrong, as it is, the outgrowth of that root can't possibly be right. The solution to antiSemitism is just forgiveness, as we also want to be forgiven. If Hitler had forgiven those Jews that he thought were excluding him, his unforgiveness of them wouldn't have resulted in the Holocaust and World War II, since he thought wrongly that they were responsible for Germany's defeat in World War I, which needed to be revenged.

      1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

        Oh I'm sure John Hitler would have accepted your counsel to just forgive the jews...as "if." After all, once presented with the solution, most people will just adopt it, right, sure it would therefore have appealed to him too. Good thing you thought to add the word "if," or Colleen up there would have had to censure you too along with ol' Con-ye, for being equally preposterous.

        1. John D. Partin's Avatar John D. Partin

          Forgiveness is hard for everyone, not just Hitler, and was hard for other people in Hitler's time besides him, and though our unforgiveness doesn't cause as much destruction and death as Hitler's did and is as hard for all of us as it was for him, it is still as necessary for us as it was for him, to be at peace for ourselves, since Hitler was a very tormented man and saw demons and hurt himself by his unforgiveness, too. There is nothing "equally preposterous" to wanting peace for oneself, as opposed to venting hatred and unforgiveness, which is preposterous, since hatred and unforgiveness, for most people, who aren't genocidal dictators or serial killers, hurts us as much as or far more than they hurt most of the targets of our hate and unforgiveness, who don't even know about it. Even Hitler could have been turned around, if he had been gotten through to early enough.

          1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

            Keep dancing, John, it's what you do best. Ever hear of the title Pretzel Logic?

    2. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

      Agreed! We forgave Biden for 50 years of hate speech , racism and we overwhelmingly voted him the greatest president ever! That is showing forgiveness!

      1. John D. Partin's Avatar John D. Partin

        Trumpelstiltskin did and is still doing far more to be forgiven for than Biden ever did, except according to the former "President"'s drones and brainwashed zombies!!!

        1. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

          Jesus forgives you and any one else for hate.

          1. John D. Partin's Avatar John D. Partin

            But they have to ask for forgiveness first and acknowledge that they have done something or many things wrong and repent of all that, since Jesus won't give forgiveness to someone who doesn't want it or think that they have done anything wrong to need it. Our former "President" has never admitted that he has done anything wrong and so hasn't repented, and therefore has cut himself off from forgiveness. His drones and brainwashed zombies just point out any small, comparatively, mistakes that Biden, like any other human being, has made, in order to take the attention off their guy. God won't force Himself on anyone and give them what they don't want, and so will let them stay unforgiven and go down to Hell, and have it their way without Him, but then they have to face the consequences of that decision.

            1. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

              Always remember, Zeus loves you, John. 🤭

              🦁❤️

              1. John D. Partin's Avatar John D. Partin

                Read the books that I told you about and answer my posts to you and stop being evasive still with more irrelevant comments about Zeus or whatever other idiocy you can come up with to cover up your cowardice about facing the total contradiction of your atheism and having to really think about that for the first time in your life and destroy all of your delusions and lies to yourself!!!

              2. Lionheart's Avatar Lionheart

                I see children’s hospitals haven’t yet been put out of business yet by your prayers, John, or anyone’s prayers. I wonder why? 😂

                🦁❤️

            2. Richard Darwin Richards's Avatar Richard Darwin Richards

              Biden killing thousands of Ukranians and Russians with his war in Ukraine is nothing? Biden stoking wars with Iran and China is nothing? Thank God we are not in the military at the whims of the warmonger that is Joe Biden. By the way, when has Biden apologized for all the people killed in the previous wars that he got us involved in? When did Biden apologize for his lifetime of racism?

              1. Rev Mark D's Avatar Rev Mark D

                Richard: Huh?

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