By Kendall McElroy
Kanye West has always been a controversial and prominent figure in modern media. From his run-ins with paparazzi, to his inclination to hitch his horse to any extremist wagon, friends and fans alike have no idea what to expect from Mr. West on a daily basis. However, his recent statements pertaining to politics and Jewish people as a whole have shocked the world.
Following his appearance at Paris Fashion Week donning a “White Lives Matter” shirt on the 3rd of October this year, unreleased footage of West being interviewed by Tucker Carlson with Fox News,unveiled the rapper’s bizarre political spiral towards white supremesist and conspiratorial antisemetic rhetoric. This footage further detailed his purchasing the popular right-wing social media platform, Parler.
In his interview with Carlson, West detailed his convoluted conspiracies, claiming that “the 12 lost tribes of Judah, the blood of Christ, who the people known as the race Black really are,” further claiming that planned parenthood was the collaborative brainchild of Magaret Sanger and the KKK.
Following this, West went on to describe how his peers in the music industry were being controlled by Zionist overlords, posting test screenshots to further prove his theory. West went on to say, “no one can threaten or influence me,” when referring to these supposed influences affecting his fellow musicians.
Despite this, what garnered the most attention to Kanye’s recent political spiral was his twitter activity following the Fashion Week debacle.
“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.”
Despite the conviction behind his statement, it’s rare that a person doesn’t face the ramifications of blatant anti-semitism in the 21st century. According to Forbes, West no longer holds status as a billionaire. German-based company, Adidas, which has it’s own former Nazi ties, dropped West as a partner for violating company values. Adidas, however, was not the only company that severed their partnership with West. Def Jam announced they would no longer be in affiliation with his music. Gap also took YeezyGap merchandise off its shelves.
West seems to thrive as a public spectacle, whether that stems from a positive context or a negative. But this time it seems as though he’s pushed it too far this time. West being one of the most influential and successful rappers of all time is something that can never be taken from him but the future of his career hangs in the balance. It’s unknown if West will turn his life around and salvage the remaining assets back into a successful career. Only time will tell.