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Rapper Apologizes in Dramatic Instagram Post

Written by on December 27 2023

The artist formerly known as Kanye West, who recently changed his name to Ye, has issued an apology to the Jewish community. In a message posted on Instagram this Tuesday, written in Hebrew, Ye expressed regret for any hurt he may have caused with his words or actions, emphasizing that it was never his intention to offend.

This apology comes shortly after a controversial incident in Las Vegas, where, during a promotion for his upcoming album “Vultures,” set to release on January 12, Ye made some very troubling comments. He suggested that Jewish people have too much influence and compared himself to historical figures like Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler.

Ye’s history of making offensive statements isn’t new. He’s been known to make antisemitic comments, including praise for Hitler and the Nazis. He’s also stirred controversy with remarks about slavery and the COVID-19 vaccine, calling the latter “the mark of the beast.”

In October 2022, Ye faced backlash for wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt at a Paris fashion show and tweeting hostile statements about Jewish people. This tweet led to significant consequences, including the end of partnerships with the Balenciaga fashion house and Adidas, the latter being a key factor in his financial success.

Adidas, condemning Ye’s comments as hateful and dangerous, decided to sell off the remaining Yeezy shoes, donating some profits to organizations like the Anti-Defamation League. Adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden initially downplayed Ye’s remarks but later apologized after facing criticism.

Additionally, Ye lost representation from his talent agency, CAA, and saw the cancellation of a documentary by MRC Entertainment. His social media accounts on Instagram and Twitter (now known as Twitter) were temporarily suspended, though he has since returned to these platforms.

This isn’t Ye’s first attempt at an apology. In October 2022, he expressed regret for his “death con 3” tweet on a podcast, apologizing to the Jewish community. However, his sincerity was questioned when, just a few months later, he made more offensive comments about Hitler in an interview with Alex Jones.

In his latest apology, Ye commits to learning from this experience and making amends. A representative for Ye has not yet responded to requests for further comment on this matter.