Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Silverman and More Respond to Kanye West’s Removed Tweet: ‘Your Words Hurt and Incite Violence’
Sarah Silverman, Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Rapaport are among those in Hollywood and the larger entertainment and media industry responding to a recent tweet from Kanye West repeatedly labeled antisemitic by the American Defamation League and others.
Curtis posted a tweet with West’s now-removed twitter statement Saturday night (Oct. 8) and stated that West’s words “hurt and incite violence .”
“Last week was the holiest day in Judaism. Words are important. She wrote that a threat to Jewish people was ended once in a massacre. “You are a father. Please, stop.
Sarah Silverman, comedian, addressed the silence that she described as coming from outside the Jewish community after West’s statements. She wrote, “Kanye threatened Jews yesterday on Twitter and it’s still not trending.” “Why are mostly Jews speaking out against Jewish hatred?” The silence is so loud .”
Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport addressed West’s defenses during his public spat. He called West a “creep”, and argued that he is pushing the same rhetorical agenda as U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, and those who attended Unite the Right rallies in Charlottesville.
The Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance condemned the rapper’s comments, calling them “hurtful and offensive” and “wrong.” They perpetuate stereotypes that have been used to discriminate and incite violence against Jews for thousands upon thousands of years. These words tear apart the fabric of the Black-Jewish relationships. Through incidents like these, the Black and Jewish communities must unite to show that hateful stereotypes are unacceptable.
The Creative Community for Peace condemned his comments. The organization stated that Ye had spread “some of the most vile, and oldest stereotypes about Jews” to his millions of followers over the past week. “This kind of hate should not be allowed in public discourse. While we support the right of entertainers to free speech, no one is allowed to demonize or target a minority group with such hatred. We are concerned about Ye’s statements and how they will impact his fans, especially young people. We hope that this moment will raise awareness about the dangers associated with antisemitism for Ye and his fans as well as other entertainers. We are open to having a dialogue with him about the harmful and false comments he made.
The comments were made after Ye’s tweet was removed by Twitter on Saturday for violating platform rules. Ye wrote that he was going “death con 3 On JEWISH PEERS
“The funny part is that I can’t be Anti Semitic since black people are actually Jew. Also, You guys have played with me and tried blackball anyone who opposes your agenda,” he concluded the tweet.
Under Twitter’s rules, hateful conduct, or the promotion of violence against, threats or harassment of other people on the basis of several identity-related factors, including race, ethnicity, national origin and religious affiliation, is prohibited in tweets, but also images and handles.
The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Twitter for comment on West’s violation.
The comment followed Meta’s removal of Instagram posts by West for violating that platform’s policies after he posted text messages between him and fellow rapper P. Diddy claiming he would “show the Jews that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.”
A spokesperson with Meta confirmed to THR that the company had deleted content from the @kanyewest handle, the rapper’s official Instagram account. Although it is still visible, the account was temporarily blocked. Meta can temporarily block users from posting, commenting or sending direct messages.
While it’s not clear which rule the tweet or Instagram post violated, they — published around the same time as West’s controversial Tucker Carlson interview — have been labeled bigoted and antisemitic by a number of entities beyond Hollywood, including the ADL, which addressed West’s comments on two separate occasions this past week.
“Power. Disloyalty. Greed. Deicide. Blood. Denial. Anti-Zionism. All of these are antisemitic tropes,” the ADL’s Sunday statement reads. “Many of these myths influence @KanyeWest’s comments recently, and it’s dangerous .”
The American Defamation League responded to the rapper’s earlier comments and his decision to wear a White Lives Matter shirt on Friday.
“The behavior of @kanyewest this week is deeply troubling, dangerous and antisemitic,” the organization tweeted. There is no excuse for his propagating of white supremacist slogans and classic #antisemitism about Jewish power, especially with the platform he has,” the organization tweeted on Oct. 7.
Updated 5: 24 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9: Added statements from the Black-Jewish Entertainment Alliance and the Creative Community for Peace.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.
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