In a sprawling new podcast interview with MIT researcher Lex Fridman, Kanye West made another round of inflammatory and false claims about the Holocaust, abortion and the Jewish people.
West, who now plays Ye, has been on an anti-Semitic tear through the right-wing media and podcast circuit, and his hate speech over the past few weeks has cost him deals with talent agency CAA and fashion brand Balenciaga, while its lucrative partnership with sportswear giant Adidas is under review. Kim Kardashian condemned her ex-husband’s anti-Semitic comments on social media on Monday, following a local protest Sunday by a hate group that referenced West’s tirades.
In a two-hour, 26-minute interview released Monday, which covered topics ranging from engineering to media to his relationship with Kardashian and her former boyfriend Pete Davidson, West appeared in a jovial if erratic mood. He described having dinner at a Cheesecake Factory the night before and sitting next to a veteran, with whom he discussed politics.
But West offered no apology for his recent remarks to Fridman, the Soviet Union-born Jewish host.
Echoing a statement he made in an earlier interview, West said, “We’re still in the Holocaust. A Jewish friend of mine said, “Go visit the Holocaust museum,” and my response was: Let’s visit our Holocaust museum: Planned Parenthood.
He continued, “Fifty percent of today’s … black deaths today are abortions … That’s not racism; it is too broad a term. It is the genocide and population control that black people are in today in America, that is promoted by the music and media that black people make, that Jewish record labels get paid for.
Fridman countered West’s anti-Semitic allegations about Jewish-run media, saying, “I grew up in the Soviet Union. I am Jewish, parts of my family perished in the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, I have to push back… When you say “Jewish media”, there is an echo of a pain that people feel.
“You’re saying it’s redundant, aren’t you,” West said with a smile. “If the Jews accepted that I was Jewish, they would hear it in a different way.”
“The right thing to do is not to say there is Jewish control over the media,” Fridman added.
” It’s wrong ! You yelled back. ” This is a lie. There are. And did they come to harass me and proved the point.
Later, West admitted that his far-right beliefs had cost him his family and his career. “I lost my f—family. I lost my kids. I lost my best friend in fashion. I lost the black community,” he said. I had lost my mind… I had lost my reputation. And I’m here just like, I just want my family. But I don’t want my family to have to say what the left wants them to say, what “She has to say what China wants her to say. I want to be an American and protect my children and protect my wife, and raise my children as Christians, and my wife to be a Christian.”
West also spoke in condescending terms about his ex-wife’s parentage, commenting that “some people just have high DNA. Ivanka Trump has high DNA. West later said that George Soros, a Jewish philanthropist and activist, would “use the black trauma economy to win an election.”
At one point, West suggests that a Jewish conspiracy led to him being diagnosed with a mental illness. “There was a Jewish trainer who took me to the hospital and put me [the] press that I went to the hospital. A Jewish doctor who diagnosed me…”
“Why do you keep saying Jewish? Fridman interrupted him. “Because they were,” West said. He continued, “He diagnosed me with bipolar disorder and injected me with medication. Then put it in the press.
West accused Ari Emanuel, managing director of William Morris Endeavor, of “trying to take food out of my kids’ mouths”, writing an op-ed in the Financial Times calling on companies to cut ties with the rapper.
When asked near the end of the interview what he hopes his legacy will be, West said, “Who designed the sidewalk, who designed the water fountain, who designed the sign stop, who designed the red light? These things are so ubiquitous that the person who designed them is forgotten.
What he wants for himself, he said, is “to be forgotten.”
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