Monday, June 17, 2024

Kim Kardashian, Scooter Braun Issue Vague Statements in Support of Jews, Refuse to Name Kanye West as Instigator


Here’s where Kanye West’s associates stand on his stunning hate mongering.

Kim Kardashian, nominally his ex wife, and mother of his children, Tweeted this morning: “Hate speech is never OF or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric toward them to come to an immediate end.”

She does not name Kanye West as the instigator or enabler of many anti-Semitic acts over the weekend. She was, however, photographed having a meal with Ivanka Trump, whose father has also enabled this horrifying behavior.

Meantime, Scooter Braun, who’s been in business with Kanye West, refused to name him in an Instagram post. Instead he posted the text of a famous poem that really doesn’t say anything and also doesn’t mention West. Martin Niemöller was a prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany who was an early Nazi supporter.

It was only after Hitler attacked Protestant values that Niemöller turned against him. He was not Jewish. And while his quote is famous and even highlighted by the Holocaust museum, it does not address anti-Semitism specifically,

I don’t think Braun gets it. “They” will be coming for him unless gets specific. This doesn’t help. If he doesn’t think Kanye West’s rants about anti-Semitism aren’t pointed at him, then he’s really deluded.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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