Thursday, April 18, 2024

Kanye West Drops Trailer for “Vultures” Project from Canadian Filmmaker Accused of Sexual Misconduct — And That’s Not All (Exclusive)


Kanye West, the world’s most infamous antisemite, has dropped a trailer for his “Vultures” project.

The film was made by a Montreal artist named Jon Rafman, who is Jewish, and who was accused on social media of such serious sexual misconduct that the New York Times reported the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC cancelled his show in 2020. (Two other museums cancelled shows also. Currently Rafman does have projects at other Canadian galleries.)

Only Kanye could come up with this combination. I’ve emailed Rafman to ask him about the fact that he’s Jewish. How could he be involved with West?

Rafman did issue a statement about his other accusations, denying everything. The link has since been removed from the web. He also filed a legal complaint against the newspaper and Twitter account that first reported the sexual misconduct complaints.

“Vultures” is an audio and visual experience. The original audio, still widely available, contains an antisemitic lyric that I’m not going to repeat here. But it’s as disgusting as anything West has said in the past. The album may be released this week, or may not.

Rafman obviously has his own issues and we can’t judge them. The museum showings, however, were never rescheduled. As for Rafman taking on a job with Kanye West, that’s another story. According to his bio, Rafman was educated in Jewish schools. It’s not possible that he’s missed all the controversies surrounding West and his antisemitism.

As for West hiring an artist with serious accusations of sexual misconduct, well, why not? West is currently suffering criticism on social for featuring photos of his presumed wife, Bianca Censori, nearly naked.

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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