Monday, April 15, 2024

Apple Folds: Kanye West’s “Vultures 1” Album Returns to iTunes Complete with Antisemitic Lyric


Money is more important to Apple than integrity. Got a problem? Call Tim Cook.

iTunes has restored Kanye West’s deleted album, “Vultures 1,” after pulling it off their platform last week.

At least two different artists accused West of using samples on the album without getting them cleared. Ozzy Osbourne and the estate of Donna Summer each threatened legal action.

More importantly, the title track includes antisemitic lyrics that almost no platform will censor. Spotify has had the album and single up the whole time. Amazon has been a holdout and iTunes was until tonight.

This is the lyric in case you want to chant it to Tim: How I’m antisemitic? I just f—ed a Jewish bitch/I just f—ed Scooter’s bitch,” referencing Jewish music manager (and briefly Kanye’s) Scooter Braun.

You can buy the song individually for $1.29 or the whole album of 15 songs for $7.99. It’s priced to sell.

Can you imagine a Jewish singer or any other singer using those lyrics in reference to a Black woman?

I’m disappointed in Apple. They did not stand their ground. They caved to Kanye very easily.

“Vultures 1” returns to the iTunes chart at number 1. Listeners will be trained to memorize the offending lyric and think it’s ok.

It’s not. It’s disgraceful. #boycottApple

It’s all about money.

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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