Kanye West news: Ted Cruz mocks AOC for calling out rapper’s posts as Twitter and Instagram keep bans

Fox News hosts forced to make on-air U-turn over support for Kanye West

Republican senator Ted Cruz criticised congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she joined a chorus of celebrities like John Legend, Lizzo and Jamie Lee Curtis in condemning Kanye West‘s anti-semitic remarks.

Twitter and Instagram both restricted Mr West’s access to his accounts after he shared a series of anti-semitic posts on them over the weekend.

Late Saturday night, the rapper, now known as Ye, sent a tweet that said he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to internet archive records. That’s an apparent reference to the US military readiness condition scale known as DEFCON.

He then alleged that he wasn’t “Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew.”

The tweet was removed by Twitter and replaced with text that said it violated Twitter’s rules, linking back to the company’s platform use guidelines.

Over the weekend, West also shared a post on Instagram that suggested that Sean “Diddy” Combs was being controlled by Jewish people.

The Anti-Defamation League has labelled West’s behaviour and messages over the past week as “deeply troubling, dangerous, and antisemitic, period”.

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Jamie Lee Curtis angrily condemns Kanye West’s ‘abhorrent’ anti-Semitic posts: ‘I hope he gets help’

ICYMI: Rapper’s recent social media tirade caused an uproar, with many calling for the social media giants to ‘permanently ban’ him from the platforms.

Inga Parkel has the story.

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 11:03


Ted Cruz attacks AOC for calling out Kanye’s anti-Semitic tweet

Republican senator Ted Cruz criticised congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she joined a host of celebrities condemning Kanye West‘s antisemitic remarks.

Earlier, Ms Ocasio-Cortez had taken to Twitter to criticise the rapper’s remarks, calling them “hateful and dangerous”.

The New York congresswoman wrote: “There is absolutely no room in this country or world for antisemitism.”

Responding to her criticism, Texas senator Ted Cruz, who frequently locks horns with Ms Ocasio-Cortez, wrote on Monday: “So you’ll be voting to censure the Squad?”

Read the full story from The Independent here:

Johanna Chisholm11 October 2022 11:01


Indiana attorney general faces backlash after seeming to defend Kanye West

ICYMI: Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was taken to task for comments he made on Twitter on Sunday, where he appeared to defend Kanye West who he viewed as being the latest victim of a cancel culture gone awry.

“The constant hypocrisy from the media is at an all-time high. They have now gone after Kanye for his new fashion line, his independent thinking, & for having opposing thoughts from the norm of Hollywood,” tweeted the Mr Rokita on Sunday.

He later followed up that tweet in a thread and clarified that his post was in reference to Mr West’s comments about “Hollywood elite” and had nothing to do with the comments the rapper made on Saturday night that got him locked out of Twitter.

“My post was specifically and clearly aimed at the hypocrisy of the media and Hollywood elites, not anything to do with other comments. I have an obvious, clear and substantial Congressional and public record of being 100% supportive of the Jewish community and Israel,” he tweeted in a follow-up message.

Beneath Mr Rokita’s thread, however, many online began questioning the timing of the attorney general’s message of support for West, who had only hours earlier been locked from the platform for his comments.

“You came to Kanye’s defense immediately after he made anti-semitic remarks — this isn’t complicated,” tweeted Marc Bodnick, while reporter Marisa Kabas tweeted: “hi todd! jew here. can you tell me how extreme antisemitism equals “independent thinking”?”

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman quote tweeted the attorney general and expressed her disdain at the chief legal advisor’s remarks, writing: “Regardless of what motivates Kanye West, an attorney general defending someone for a lengthy public attack on Jews is a new dimension to 2022.”

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 09:31


Kanye West allegedly shows porn video to Adidas executives during meeting

Kanye West allegedly played a porn film for Adidas executives during a recent business meeting.

On Monday (10 October), the 45-year-old rapper posted a 30-minute long video titled “LAST WEEK” on YouTube.

Around the 10-minute mark, footage showed West, who legally changed his name to Ye, sitting down with Adidas executives on black stools inside an empty room.

Everyone’s faces were blurred out except for Ye’s.

In the clip, the rapper can be seen holding his phone horizontally in front of the executives while a video played.

After a few seconds, one of the men asked: “Is this a porn movie?” to which Ye replied, “Yeah.”

“Jesus Christ,” another person commented.

Ye continued showing the video to the executives until one of them stopped him, saying: “Come on, man. Come on.”

Peony Hirwani11 October 2022 07:57


Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Silverman and more from Hollywood call out Kanye West’s post

ICYMI: Hollywood actors began pushing back against Kanye West’s comments over the weekend, with some taking to their own social media accounts to share how the famed rapper’s words carry meaning and can “hurt” people and potentially even “incite violence”.

“The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. Your words hurt and incite violence. You are a father. Please stop,” tweeted American actor Jamie Lee Curtis on Sunday.

Comedian Sarah Silverman called out those in Hollywood outside of the Jewish community who she viewed were staying “silent” on West’s messages, writing: “Kanye threatened the Jews yesterday on twitter and it’s not even trending. Why do mostly only Jews speak up against Jewish hate? The silence is so loud.”

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 07:56


Elon Musk welcomed West back to Twitter shortly before the rapper was locked out of account

ICYMI: On Friday night, when Kanye West took to Twitter to put Mark Zuckerberg on notice after his Instagram account was restricted for policy violating posts, Tesla founder Elon Musk welcomed the rapper “back to Twitter”.

West had posted an old photo of himself and the Facebook founder on Twitter with a caption that asked: “How you gone kick me off instagram.”

In the comment section below, the SpaceX founder wrote back: “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!”

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 07:12


Kanye West releases ‘Last Week’, 30-minute documentary of unaired footage

ICYMI: Kanye West released a 30-minute documentary on Monday morning, which shows his behind-the-scenes business dealings with Adidas executives, teases the release of new music and shows unaired footage of the rapper with his family.

In some of the clips, Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, can be seen in tense business meetings with executives and managers at Adidas about his new clothing line with the fashion label.

In another choppy sequence, the Donda artist can be heard teasing new music. In one song, he raps: “You a fake b**ch/You don’t really love Ye, go listen to Drake, b**ch/You don’t have no idea what it take, b**ch/Go listen to Lil Baby, go listen to Future, b**ch.”

Another clip shows West derailing a meeting he took with two executives at Adidas, where he appears to screen a pornographic video for the pair. The executive, who isn’t identified, attempts to maintain control of the meeting, and can he heard saying to West: “Come on.”

In a final clip, West shows an intimate family moment with his daughter North West where he is seen attending one of her basketball games.

A clip in the 30-minute film also shows the entrepreneur speaking with someone on the phone where he appears to be having conversations about brand management.

“It’s time for me to shut the f*** up for the first time, do exactly what everybody’s wanted me to do for the longest.”

Watch the full video here:

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 06:06


Lizzo reacts to West’s comments about her weight

ICYMI: Lizzo has appeared to respond to Kanye West’s comments about her weight.

In a recent Fox News interview, the Donda rapper said that what he saw as the promotion of obesity by social media companies was “demonic”.

“When Lizzo loses 10 pounds and announces it, the bots… on Instagram, they attack her losing weight because the media wants to put out a perception that being overweight is the new goal when it’s actually unhealthy,” West, who legally changed his name to Ye, told host Tucker Carlson.

During a concert last week- in Toronto, Lizzo appeared to respond back to Ye’s comments, saying: “I feel like everybody in America got my motherf***ing name in their motherf***ing mouth for no motherf***ing reason.

“I’m minding my fat Black beautiful business,” she added.

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 05:13


House Judiciary GOP sparks outrage with tweet championing Kanye West

ICYMI: The House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have been blasted for keeping up a tweet simply saying “Kanye. Elon. Trump.” in reference to rapper Kanye West, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and former President Donald Trump, despite Mr West’s suspension from Twitter and Instagram for antisemitic posts.

“Who are three people we really don’t need to hear from ever again, Alex?” one Twitter user said in reference to late Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.

Though the tweet was sent Thursday, prior to Mr West making posts that have been widely acknowledged as anti-Semitic, the official Twitter account for the Republican House Committee on the Judiciary has kept the message up, drawing much ire in the process.

Keep reading the full report from Gustaf Kilander here:

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 04:01


Anti-Defamation League accuses West of using ‘antisemitic tropes’

ICYMI: The Anti-Defamation League, an international Jewish NGO specialising in civil rights law, has called out Kanye West for his behaviour and posts over the past week and labelled it “antisemitic. Period”.

“Power. Disloyalty. Greed. Deicide. Blood. Denial. Anti-Zionism. All of these are antisemitic tropes that we break down in our #AntisemitismUncovered Guide at https://antisemitism.adl.org. Many of these myths have influenced @KanyeWest‘s comments recently, and it’s dangerous,” the anti-hate group tweeted on Sunday, less than a day after the rapper was locked out of his Twitter account for posts that were widely deemed antisemitic.

Earlier, the group had tweeted more explicitly about the artist Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and his messages being “deeply troubling”.

“The behavior exhibited this week by @kanyewest is deeply troubling, dangerous, and antisemitic, period. There is no excuse for his propagating of white supremacist slogans and classic #antisemitism about Jewish power, especially with the platform he has,” the group tweeted on Friday.

Graeme Massie11 October 2022 03:09

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