Tesla CEO Elon Musk took a page out of Senator Susan Collins’s (R-ME) book of clutched pearls, announcing on Twitter on Monday that he “expressed my concerns” with Kanye West after his tweet declaring “war” on the Jews – just two days after welcoming the disturbed hip hop mogul back to the platform after a self-imposed nearly two-year hiatus from the bluebird app.
Talked to ye today & expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 11, 2022
West’s Instagram account was restricted after he posted screenshots of text messages between the controversial entertainer and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, which many viewed as antisemitic. “Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.” West captioned the Instagram post “Jesus is Jew,” Times of Israel reported.
That sent West crawling back to Twitter where his account was restricted for – you guessed it – antisemitic rhetoric.
At nearly midnight, West tweeted, “I’m a bit sleepy tonight, but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” leaving little room for ambiguity or taking his words out of context. But those following Kim Kardashian’s estranged ex’s week-long antisemitic statements, shouldn’t be surprised. His tweets are not a “one-off.” On Tucker Carlson Tonight last Thursday, Ye went on a diatribe criticizing Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, for his handling of the Abraham Accords peace deal between Israel, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates and accusing Kushner and his brother – both Jewish – of being the ex-President’s “handlers.”
West also claimed during his interview with Carlson that former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner brokered the Abraham Accords peace agreements between Israel and several Arab nations in order “to make money.”
According to Times of Israel, West said of Kushner and his brother Josh, “they love to just look at me or look at Trump like we’re so crazy and that they’re the businessman.
“After talking to them, and really sitting with Jared and sitting with Josh… I was like, ‘Wow, these guys have really been holding [former US president Donald] Trump back and being very much a handler,’” West told Fox News as he reflected on his relationship with the Kushners.
For all of the antisemitic rhetoric that Kanye expressed to Tucker Carlson during the portion of their interview that was broadcast on Fox News, according to Vice News, there were even worse comments left on the cutting room floor, including “numerous antisemitic sentiments from Ye, a strange and lengthy digression about ‘fake children’ he claimed were planted in his house to manipulate his own children, and a statement that he’s vaccinated against COVID-19.”
These other gems were also cut from the interview as aired on Carlson’s program:
“’Think about us judging each other on how white we could talk would be like, you know, a Jewish person judging another Jewish person on how good they danced or something.’ He paused. ‘I mean, that’s probably like a bad example and people are going to get mad at that shit.’ A few moments later, he added, ‘I probably want to edit that out,’” Vice News reported.“I prefer my kids knew Hanukkah than Kwanzaa. At least it will come with some financial engineering.”
While Musk refrained from criticizing his “friend,” his attempts to walk back support in the aftermath of Kanye West’s tweets and his Carlson interview are on brand. Fox & Friends hosts were caught with their undergarments down after going all in on their support for West – before actually reading the tweets. They alleged that the entertainer was a “target of big tech because he’s too dangerous and too outspoken and too much of a free thinker,” Yahoo News reported.
Late-night television host, Stephen Colbert, relished in the Fox News faux pas, wasting no time in ridiculing the awkwardness, and “speak before you think,” habit of the right-wing propaganda and disinformation network, “Uh-uh-uh-uh-uh,” he said wagging a finger. “Kanye is your free-thinker! You threw a pity party and invited a guy who always poops in the punch bowl. Now, you’ve gotta drink it. L’chaim!”
The American Jewish Committee released a statement regarding West’s remarks,
“Kanye West has had a streak of rants this week that is remarkable even by his standards. Ye needs to see that words matter, especially a vicious antisemitic comment that recently surfaced on social media,” the organization said. If he wants to have any credibility as a commentator on social issues, let alone as a musician, maybe he can start by figuring out how to make a point without fomenting hatred of Jews,” the statement said.
The credibility ship sailed long ago. And with the steady, and alarming rise in anti-Jewish rhetoric, what West needs isn’t Musk’s “concern,” but his public and unapologetic condemnation.
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