Move tracks West’s anti-Semitic social media posts
(KTLA) — Prestigious Hollywood talent agency CAA announced Monday that it has stopped representing the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The famed agency is just the latest to part ways with the artist now known as ‘Ye’, following anti-Semitic comments posted on social media.
Vogue editor Ana Wintour and the magazine have also cut ties with West, according to Page Six. Wintour and the fashion magazine follow French fashion house Balenciaga and JP Morgan. The Gap and Ye parted ways in September.
Ye’s recording contract with longtime label Def Jam is also said to have ended. However, his name and his albums remain on the label’s website.
Adidas, the German sportswear giant, has remained silent on the issue so far, despite mounting pressure.
There is currently a petition asking Adidas to cut ties. By Monday, more than 85,500 people had signed the petition.
Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, author Jessica Seinfeld, urged his 578,000 followers to sign the petition.
During a controversial appearance on the ‘Drink Champs’ podcast, Kanye West said, “I can say anti-Semitic things and Adidas can’t let me go. Now what? Now what?” The clip is from the October 16 episode, which has since been taken down.
On October 10, the Anti-Defamation League issued a letter urging Adidas “to reconsider its support for the Ye product line and issue a statement making it clear that the company and the Adidas community have zero tolerance for anti-Semitism.” .
Over the weekend, a hate group hung a banner on a 405 freeway overpass in Inglewood, Calif., in support of West’s comments.
“Kanye is right about the Jews,” read the sign.
It was one of two anti-Semitic acts over the weekend in the Los Angeles area.
The action prompted many big names to speak out against the hate speech, including Kim Kardashian, Ye’s ex-wife, who took to her Instagram story on Monday to post a statement.
“Hate speech is never acceptable or excusable,” Kardashian wrote. “I stand with the Jewish community and call for an immediate end to the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric against it.”
Her sister Khloe Kardashian reposted a message to her Instagram Stories, written by Seinfeld that read, “I support my friends and the Jewish people.
Earlier this month, the artist tweeted that he would soon be going “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to internet records, making an apparent reference to the US Defense Readiness Condition Scale known as the name of DEFCON.
His anti-Semitic rhetoric prompted him to be banned from his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
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