A timeline of the fallout over Kanye West’s anti-Semitic tweets and what happened – NBC Chicago

Kanye West has been at the center of controversy in recent weeks, with designers, labels and major corporations dropping out and slamming the Chicago rapper for a series of recent anti-Semitic comments.

Ye, as he is now known, has been blocked on social media and has drawn widespread criticism over his most recent comments, which have been called “dangerous” and “offensive”. Jewish groups have pointed to the danger of the rapper’s statements at a time of rising anti-Semitism.

Ye has not been without controversy since 2016, when he was hospitalized in Los Angeles due to what his team called stress and exhaustion. It was later revealed that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

He recently suggested slavery was a choice and called the COVID-19 vaccine a “mark of the beast”, among other comments.

Here’s a look at what’s happened so far as Kanye West’s latest saga continues to unfold publicly.

October 3

Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, hosted a last-minute show at Paris Fashion Week. At the Yeezy Season 9 event, Kanye and political commentator Candace Owens wore “White Lives Matter” t-shirts, which drew comments and criticism from those in attendance, such as Jaden Smith and Vogue. editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson.

Karefa-Johnson took to her Instagram to write that featuring “White Lives Matter” t-shirts in the parade was “incredibly irresponsible and dangerous.” Her opinion prompted a response from West, who later posted several photos of her while making negative comments about her sense of style.

Celebrities later came to Karefa-Johnson’s defense, including model Gigi Hadid, who commented under West’s October 4 Instagram post that he was “a bully and a joke.” Vogue also released a statement defending Karefa-Johnson against West’s “bullying.”

October 5

Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs posted a video on Instagram saying he doesn’t support West’s “White Lives Matter” shirt and urging people not to buy it. On Instagram, Ye posted a screenshot of a text conversation with Diddy and suggested he was controlled by Jews, according to media reports.

October 6

West sat down for an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, which aired on the Oct. 6 episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” In that interview, West commented on Lizzo’s weight, said Corey Gamble and Karefa-Johnson were “virtually lab-made,” and discussed his decision to wear a “White Lives Matter” shirt.

At the same time, Adidas said it was reviewing its relationship with West.

“After repeated efforts to resolve the situation privately, we have made the decision to place the partnership under review. We will continue to co-manage the current product during this time,” the company said in a statement.

West responded to a CNBC article about Adidas’ statement with an explicit Instagram post, in which he wrote, “F——– ADIDAS I AM ADIDAS.”

October 8

Instagram has locked the rapper-entrepreneur’s posts for content infringement.

October 9

West’s Twitter account was locked to anti-Semitic posts that the social network said violated their policies.

His comments drew a sharp rebuke from the Anti-Defamation League, which called West’s tweet “deeply disturbing, dangerous and anti-Semitic, period.”

“There is no excuse for his spreading white supremacist slogans and classic anti-Semitism about Jewish power, especially with the platform he has,” a statement read.

October 15

Hip-hop podcast “Drink Champs” published an interview with the rapper and fashion designer, now known as Ye, in which he questioned the cause of George Floyd’s death, suggesting it was due to fentanyl use and not to Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9½ minutes and was convicted of murder. Chauvin also pleaded guilty to a federal charge of violating Floyd’s civil rights.

October 17

West offered to buy the right-wing social network Parler shortly after he was banned from Twitter and Instagram for anti-Semitic posts.

“In a world where conservative views are seen as controversial, we need to make sure we have the right to express ourselves freely,” West said, in a statement released by Parler.

The same day, West continues to make anti-Semitic comments in an interview with Chris Cuomo.

October 18

Lawyers for George Floyd’s daughter and her mother have sent West a cease and desist letter, demanding that he refrain from publicly commenting on Floyd’s death as he has done recently.

The letter – dated Tuesday and sent on behalf of Floyd’s daughter, Gianna, and her mother, Roxie Washington, by the Witherspoon Law Group, which has offices in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Texas – said that Washington and Gianna “are very distressed and hurt by the allegations” you have made. It is addressed to Ye and an attorney who told NBC News that he is not representing Ye in this case.

October 19

In an interview with Piers Morgan, West commented on straight white men, saying “there is no one who is judged more than a straight white man”.

21st of October

Fashion house Balenciaga has announced that it has severed ties with Ye, according to a report.

“Balenciaga has no further relationship or future plans related to this artist,” parent company Kering told Women’s Wear Daily in response to a question Friday without further details.

October 22

Protesters on a Los Angeles overpass unfurled a banner praising Ye.

October 24

A completed documentary about the rapper has been shelved, MRC studio executives Modi Wiczyk, Asif Satchu and Scott Tenley announced in a memo.

“We cannot support any content that amplifies its platform,” the memo reads.

Ye’s talent agency, CAA, also dropped him.

Ye’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and other family members condemned the anti-Semitism.

October 25

Adidas has ended its lucrative partnership with the rapper following his offensive and anti-Semitic remarks.

“Adidas does not tolerate anti-Semitism and any other type of hate speech,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values ​​of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.”

Gap said Tuesday it was also taking immediate action to remove Yeezy Gap product from its stores and shut down yeezygap.com in light of West’s comments. The apparel retailer said in September it was ending their relationship, but at the time said it planned to continue selling Yeezy Gap products that were in the works.



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