Monday, April 15, 2024

Kanye West Suddenly Issues Self-Serving Apology — in Hebrew — to Jewish Community as He Readies New Album Release


Don’t believe a word of it.

At 2:52 am, Kanye West — proudly antisemitic — issued an apology to the Jewish community on Instagram. It’s in Hebrew, no less.

As one follower commented, he’s getting ready to release a new album, called “Vultures,” on Friday. (It’s already floated around on YouTube and other platforms.)

Another observer said, West — who has openly praised Adolf Hitler — wrote the apology in “Yewish.” This is because the rapper calls himself Ye.

The so-called apology comes from a man who once said: “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE. The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”

West’s statement — devoid of any personal contrition — reads like it came from Google Translate, or some kind of AI program:

“I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unintended outburst caused by my words or actions. It was not my intention to hurt or disrespect, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused. I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future. Your forgiveness is important to me, and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity”

That’s nice, but it doesn’t account for years of expressed antisemitism, West’s doubling down on hate that caused him to lose all his businesses and alienate not only the Jewish community but a major portion of his following. Companies that severed ties with him include Adidas, Balenciaga, The Gap, Foot Locker, and MRC (aka the film company that shares its owner with The Hollywood Reporter, Dick Clark Productions, and the Golden Globes).

West’s talent agency, CAA, dropped him. He’s persona non grata at Universal Music.

It’s clear from the comments on Instagram that no one believes West, and that he’s done this in the most self-serving way because he needs to sell music fast. His finances are in shambles because of his outspoken, bigoted views. It was just reported that he’s having a fire sale on a Malibu mansion, for example.

It was only 10 days ago that we were outraged about lyrics from “Vultures” in which Kanye said he couldn’t be antisemitic — and then gave an antisemitic reason. Here’s a good piece on his history from the Miami Herald.

Keep the apology, Kanye. And your album, ugly sneakers, and over priced clothes. We got the message a long time ago.

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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