Kanye West praised Adolf Hitler during an appearance on Alex Jones’ far-right conspiracy theorist network Infowars.
West has been embroiled in controversy over anti-Semitic comments he’s been making in recent months, prompting brands including Adidas, Gap and Balenciaga to sever ties with the rapper.
When the host appeared on Jones’ show on Thursday (December 1), he tried to defend the musician, saying: “You’re not Hitler, you’re not a Nazi, so you don’t deserve to be demonized. “
Instead of agreeing, West backed off, saying, “Well, I see good things about Hitler, too.”
He continued, “The Jews…I love everyone, and the Jewish people are not going to tell me, ‘You can love us and you can love what we do to you with the contracts and you can love what we are with the pornography move forward’, but this guy who invented the Autobahn, invented the very microphone that I use as a musician, you can’t say out loud that this person has never done anything good and I’m done with that.
“I’m done with the classifications. Everyone has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”
When the show went on a commercial break, Jones told West that he didn’t like Nazis or Hitler, to which West shockingly replied, “I like Hitler.”
West – who legally changed his name to Ye – later added: “They did good things too, we have to stop dissing the Nazis all the time,” while claiming that people were led to believe that “the Nazis and Hitler never offered anything of value to the world”.
West’s comments, more egregious than ever, were quickly condemned online.
Frozen Star Josh Gad, who is Jewish, was among those who posted his remarks on Twitter.
“It’s not what Kanye West says that scares me,” the actor wrote. “The thing is that he has 30 million followers who hear his madness about a cheerleader in the form of the current owner of this platform.
“Nobody who says ‘I love Hitler’ should get oxygen on any social platform (period).”
Author and podcaster Touré tweeted: “This is not about mental illness. Stop defending Kanye or having sympathy for him because he’s bipolar… His virulent and repeated anti-Semitism has nothing to do with it. That’s him. And it’s disgusting.”
NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III wrote, “Somebody tell Kanye to shut up!!!”
futurama Star John DiMaggio wrote: “F*** Kanye, all day, every day. What a piece of junk.”
West has previously faced criticism from many of his music industry peers, including Lizzo and John Legend, when Legend tweeted, “Strange how all these ‘free independent thinkers’ always end up with the same old anti-blackness and anti-Semitism.”
His ex-wife Kim Kardashian also released a statement condemning “hate speech” against the Jewish community, though she never specifically mentioned West.
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