Jewish shock jock Howard Stern harshly criticized Ye, saying, “This is so depressing. I mean, Kanye used to be fun crazy. Now he's like Hitler.”
As a Jew, I think Stern’s comments are disgraceful. Not every instance of antisemitism harkens back to Hitler. Hitler comparisons are becoming meaningless or even a badge of honor for those tarred with them. Besides, Americans admire people like Trump and Ye. If they are like Hitler, then Hitler must have been admirable as well.
Ye’s comments were horrible and offensive to me as a Jew and a fan. He refused to criticize specific people and went after our entire ethnicity and culture. Ye attempted to justify this by claiming that as a black man, he is Jewish and Semitic too. Therefore, he cannot be antisemitic. But come on, that’s just verbal gymnastics.
Some people still support Ye and embrace his recent rhetoric. The Jews are presently a superb scapegoat due to the U.S. economic decline, making Ye’s comments even more dangerous. His comments encourage others to indulge their antisemitism.
But many Jews and others are handling this hateful saga completely wrong, foreclosing the possibility of redemption and reconciliation.
Ye is not a scholar and does not even read books. If he had a conversation on camera with a competent individual regarding this topic, I do not think many would come away thinking Ye was right.
Silencing Ye simply reinforces the ignorant narrative that Jews control everything and if you go against them, you get canceled.
Ye is a hurting man, especially regarding his recent family-related struggles. Yet he is met with no compassion whatsoever.
This man has given us so much music, entertainment, fashion, and more. But most people cannot find it in their hearts to want to help him.
Like every group of people, there are good Jews and bad Jews. Jews are not uniquely evil like Ye seems to be implying. That needs to be exposed.
Instead, it is blocked by censorship, leaving people to think Ye is right. That scares me as a Jew. I want this issue put to rest properly.
Since Ye’s comments, I have listened to his music and watched his interviews and inspirational videos about him on YouTube. I have agreed with him and disagreed with him. He has empowered me as well as hurt me.
He truly messed up. Piers Morgan even got him to give somewhat of an apology for it. He said sorry to the people he hurt and confused, adding, “I'm sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through and that I use my platform where you say, 'Hurt people hurt people,' and I was hurt."
Jews and blacks have had a rocky relationship. This situation could be an opportunity to come together stronger. But it is being squandered by selfish media using Ye for clicks and by emotional people who are quicker to hate and cancel than to love and converse.
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