Ye isn’t backing down after facing backlash and being restricted from his Twitter and Instagram accounts for his antisemitic remarks.
The rapper and fashion designer made appearances on “Cuomo” and “Piers Morgan Uncensored” this week to address a tweet he sent Oct. 8, in which he said he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” an apparent reference to the US military readiness condition scale known as DEFCON.
In the same tweet, which has since been removed by Twitter, he said: “You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”
During his Monday appearance on NewsNation’s “Cuomo,” hosted by former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, Ye doubled down on his previous comments, taking issue with the “privilege” he claims Jewish people have in the entertainment industry and media.
“This is not hate speech; this is the truth, ”Ye said.
The rapper was locked out of his Twitter and Instagram accounts due to statements he made earlier this month. Spokespeople for Twitter and Instagram said Ye posted messages that violated their policies by him.
Ye also claimed the “Jewish media” has been hostile in their coverage of him after he was criticized for wearing a black sweatshirt with the phrase “WHITE LIVES MATTER” written across the back.
“When I wore the White Lives Matter t-shirt, the Jewish underground media mafia already started attacking me,” Ye said. “They canceled my four So-Fi Stadium shows. They had the press, back when I was arguing with Pete Davidson and Trevor Noah, they called me an abuser for arguing with people about my ex-wife and my family and when I get to see my kids. “
USA TODAY has reached out to So-Fi Stadium for comment.
Ye’s sweatshirts were met with backlash from many in the fashion community, including British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, New York Times director and chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman and Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, who called the sweatshirts “deeply offensive, violent and dangerous. “
Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Silverman and more figures in Hollywood also used their platform to speak out against the hateful messages shared by Ye.
Curtis, 63, responded on Twitter, “The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. Your words hurt and incite violence. You are a father. Please stop. ”
Meanwhile, Silverman, 51, questioned why Ye’s tweet didn’t get bigger traction. “Kanye threatened the Jews yesterday on twitter and it’s not even trending,” she wrote. “Why do mostly only Jews speak up against Jewish hate? The silence is so loud. “
Both Silverman and Curtis are Jewish.
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On “Cuomo,” Ye also explained that when he wrote “death con 3” in his tweet, he was referring to the alleged control Jewish record labels exert over the work of Black musicians and Black culture.
“It’s like a modern-day slavery, and I’m calling it out,” he said. “It didn’t mean I wish any harm on my fellow Jewish people.”
However, Ye told Morgan in another interview, set to air in its entirety Friday, that he does not regret his antisemitic remarks.
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“I fought fire with fire,” said Ye, acknowledging the “racist” nature of his comments.
Ye told the British talk-show host that he apologizes for the “hurt and confusion” caused by his tweet. “Hurt people hurt people, and I was hurt,” he said.
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Ye has also made headlines recently for his comments about George Floyd. On Sunday, the rapper reflected on his viewing of the documentary “The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM,” and in the process made controversial comments about the manner in which Floyd died.
Ye told “Drink Champs” hosts NORE and DJ EFN that Floyd died of fentanyl consumption rather than the physical impact of Chauvin’s restraint.
Despite Ye’s claim, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office ruled in June 2020 that Floyd’s death was a homicide caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest,” complicated by “restraint and neck compression” while he was being subdued by police. Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at Loyola University Medical Center, also testified during Chauvin’s trial that Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with a knee on his neck.
Following Ye’s comments, Floyd’s family said they plan to take legal action.
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Contributing: Naledi Ushe and Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY