(RELATED) Adidas ends partnership with Kanye West amid antisemitism backlash
Speculation is mounting over whether Kanye West will be welcomed back onto Twitter after Elon Musk – a self-declared “free speech absolutist” – successfully took over the social media platform.
Earlier in the week, a former executive who used to work with West alleged that he had an open “obsession” with Adolf Hitler and used to reminisce about the “great things” he and the Nazi Party did for Germany, CNN reported.
The executive, who spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity, and other sources told the outlet how West, who legally changed his name to Ye, once floated the idea of naming an album after Hitler.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to accumulate so much power and would talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party achieved for the German people,” the individual alleged.
Earlier this week, Ye returned to his reinstated Instagram account after being locked out for sharing antisemitic remarks.
The rapper posted a string of messages name-dropping Endeavor CEO Ari Emmanuel and 50 Cent, among others.
ICYMI: Kanye West’s Donda Academy closes as fallout from antisemitic remarks grows
Kanye West’s Donda Academy is the latest victim of the fallout from the rapper’s antisemitic remarks: The unaccredited K-8 private Christian school announced to parents that it would be closing.
The private California school’s principal sent an emailed statement to parents and guardians on Wednesday night stating, “there is no school tomorrow,” The Times first reported.
“At the discretion of our Founder, Donda Academy will close for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year effective immediately,” wrote principal Jason Angell in the emailed statement.
The Simi Valley school’s principal added that these closures were not permanent and intends to “begin afresh in September of 2023.”
The Independent has more details here.
Johanna Chisholm29 October 2022 00:05
ICYMI: These are the brands and companies that will no longer work with Kanye West
Kanye West is facing intense backlash over his recent antisemitic comments, with a number of companies and brands announcing they will no longer do business with the rapper or his brand Yeezy.
However, despite having limited access to his social media accounts in recent weeks, the Yeezy founder has continued to express antisemitic views in interviews, including in a since-deleted interview with Drink Champs podcast, in which he claimed he could make antisemitic comments and still have the support of his longtime partner Adidas.
West has since been proven wrong, as a number of companies, including Adidas, have announced they will no longer work with him moving forward, while condemning his remarks.
From Adidas to The RealReal, these are the companies that have cut ties with West.
Johanna Chisholm28 October 2022 23:05
ICYMI: Former executive claims Kanye West had Hitler ‘obsession’ and admired Nazis, report says
A former executive who used to work with Kanye West is alleging the rapper had an open “obsession” with Adolf Hitler and used to reminisce about the “great things” the Nazi Party did for Germany, CNN reported.
The executive, who spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity, discussed how West, who legally changed his name to Ye, had created a hostile environment during their time working with the 45-year-old, in part because of his obsession with the leader of the Nazi Party.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to accumulate so much power and would talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party achieved for the German people,” the individual told CNN.
The Independent has reached out to West for comment on the allegations raised in the CNN report but did not hear back before publication.
Get the full details with The Independent here.
Johanna Chisholm28 October 2022 22:05
Most-wanted Halloween costumes for 2022 include Kanye West, Batman and Stranger Things
A recent poll in the UK has found that the most sought after Halloween costumes for 2022 include none other than embattled rapper Kanye West.
A survey of 2,000 adults also discovered Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Pete Davidson are among the “go-to” looks.
Marvel character get-ups were popular, including Spiderman, Dr Strange and Black Widow.
The Independent has the full details of top costumes for Halloween this year here.
Johanna Chisholm28 October 2022 21:05
Quentin Tarantino says Kanye West approached him about ‘very funny’ slave-themed music video
Quentin Tarantino has addressed Kanye West’s claims that he stole the idea for Django Unchained from him.
The director – who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the 2012 film – appeared as a guest on Thursday’s episode (27 October) of Jimmy Kimmel Live, during which he directly spoke about West’s allegations.
West said that he had pitched a slavery-themed story for the video, which never came to fruition.
In part of his response to Kimmel about the accusation, Tarantino had this to say: “I had the idea for django for a while before I ever met Kanye.”
Annabel Nugent has Tarantino’s full remarks to the late-night host here.
Johanna Chisholm28 October 2022 20:05
What did Kanye West originally do to get locked out of Instagram and Twitter?
Though it was unclear if he was still locked out of his Twitter account on Friday, Kanye West has been experiencing an onslaught of backlash after he made a series of antisemitic remarks during interviews and on social media.
The rapper, who has been involved in various controversies over the years, has been dropped by both Adidas and Balenciaga over the “hateful and dangerous” comments. A number of fellow celebrities have also condemned his behaviour.
Tracing the latest controversy, The Independent’s Isobel Lewis breaks down where this all began and what has happened since the initial incident at Paris Fashion Week, during which he and right-wing commentator Candace Owens wore “White Lives Matter” t-shirts.
Johanna Chisholm28 October 2022 19:05
Twitter won’t comment on future of Kanye West’s account after Elon Musk’s takeover
Twitter has not commented on the status of Kanye West’s account amid unverified reports that he’d regained access after weeks of being locked out for posting antisemitic messages earlier this month.
Rumors that he’d been let back on the site swirled on Friday, just hours after Elon Musk successfully took over the social media platform for $44bn, a move that many speculated would lead to previously suspended and locked accounts being made accessible by the self-described free speech absolutist.
It seemed a good omen that on Wednesday night, the 45-year-old rapper had seen Instagram reverse the ban on his account, his preferred platform for posting. He’d previously lost access to posting on both social media platforms earlier this month for sharing separate antisemitic posts that broke with each company’s terms of service.
Speculation about the status of West’s Twitter account began to grow on Friday as some outlets began to report that his account had been unsuspended, which was incorrect as the rapper had only been restricted from posting and using his account.
Catch up on the latest here with The Independent’s full report.
Johanna Chisholm28 October 2022 18:07
ICYMI: Kanye West returns to Instagram after ban despite nearly a dozen brands dropping him over antisemitism
Kanye West returned to Instagram after a ban from the platform and a flurry of brands breaking partnerships with the rapper over the antisemitic remarks he posted earlier this month.
Late Wednesday night, West, who legally changed his name to Ye, posted again on his Instagram. He’d been blocked from doing so for weeks since the social media platform and Twitter locked him out of his accounts for sharing separate antisemitic posts that broke with each company’s terms of service.
In an Instagram story and accompanying post shared on 26 October, West seemed to address the recent fallout with Adidas and Gap, two of the larger commercial partners who have terminated their business relationship with him in recent weeks.
West shared a purported screenshot of a text conversation with “Quinn Emmanuel,” likely referring to the attorneys from Quinn Emanuel and Stradley Ronon who have previously worked for West on his partnership with Gap.
“As to adidas, you can start to make new designs for footwear, apparel and accessories immediately,” the text read. “As to Gap, the non-compete expires December, 15 2022.”
Johanna Chisholm has the details below.
Johanna Chisholm28 October 2022 18:05
Mixed reactions to confusion over status of Kanye West’s Twitter account
Confusion over the status of Kanye West’s Twitter account – with unverified reports suggesting he may have been reinstated – led to a near equal chorus of celebration (via fans, free speech activists and far-right agitators) and condemnation (via everyone else).
“Elon’s first move on his first day is to bring Kanye West back. Is Twitter’s new motto ‘making antisemitism great again’?” observed one Twitter user, while another in their camp tweeted: “Twitter: Under New and Anti-Semitic Management.”
The Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, an advocacy group of Jewish Federations across Canada, had a more ominous warning about the reports that the previously locked-out rapper might be back on the social media platform.
“We are deeply concerned about this development. If social media platforms are not interested in fighting online antisemitism & racism, government needs to step in with legislation. We cannot continue to allow antisemitism to be given a platform,” the group tweeted.
On the other side of the spectrum, comments were far more enthusiastic about the 45-year-old’s potential return to the microblogging site.
“It’s happening folks! @kanyewest is back on TWITTER!!!” tweeted Lavern Spicer, a Republican who ran for election to the US House to represent Florida’s 24th Congressional District and lost this past summer
Others took his possible return as a positive sign that the former US President, Donald Trump, could also be returning to his eleven preferred social media platform of choice.
Tweets like, “Waiting for our Trumpooo..” and “please announce Kanye West and Donald Trump as Co CEOs of Twitter !” quickly began circulating as the news broke that the donda artist was potentially returning to the microblogging site.
Megan Sheets28 October 2022 16:56
Fans shame Charlamagne’s comments about Kanye West: ‘How can you say such a thing about Kanye?’
Charlamagne tha God, host of the morning radio program The Breakfast Club, is facing heat for recent comments he made about Kanye West on his podcast this week.
On Thursday night’s episode of The Brilliant Idiotsthe famed radio personality discussed the rapper with his co-host, Andrew Schulz, and claimed that “he’s moving like a person who doesn’t feel like he’s gonna be here much longer.”
The two hosts had begun by discussing how frequently the 45-year-old artist invokes God, with Shulz first suggesting that it seems to be the only relationship he has these days.
“He need to start really leaning into God, cause nothing he’s doing is of God. Nothing I’ve seen him do is of God,” said Charlamagne in response.
“I hope that this is what helps him to go find some real healing because clearly he’s hurting. Right? And I just — I don’t see this ending well. I feel like he’s moving like a person who doesn’t feel like he’s gonna be here much longer. Do you know what I mean? added the radio personality.
Those comments have since drawn intense backlash from online observers.
“That @cthagod talk about Kanye saying he won’t be around any longer is not it. For someone who has advocated for mental health. That’s not something you should wish on someone,” tweeted one observer, while another wrote: “#Charlamagne how can you say such a thing about #Kanye?”
One person online noticed that NBA player Kevin Durant seemed to wade into the matter, commenting on an Instagram post that had shared a clip of Charlamagne’s remarks that, “That’s a nasty convo these men are having.”
Megan Sheets28 October 2022 16:00