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Sunday, October 16, 2022 

Kayne West sadly turned out to be a bad lot

Some people might've thought entertainer Kayne West was a great role model among African-Americans to be upheld by conservatives. But, as his recent antisemitic comments made clear, he's regrettably not qualified for the conservative applause some thought he'd be worthy of until now, and unless he can turn over a new leaf convincingly, he won't be worth upholding for a long time:
Until now, my Jewish and conservative identities have co-existed in harmony. My non-Jewish conservative peers have been largely sympathetic to domestic and international Jewish vulnerabilities, and my Zionist colleagues largely sympathetic to right-of-center political views. But after Kanye’s appearance on Tucker Carlson last week, followed by a weekend of the controversial rapper being censored on multiple platforms for alleged antisemitic remarks, I am questioning whether my fellow travelers have their priorities right.

[...] The day after Carlson’s interview aired, Kanye was censored on Instagram for antisemitism after sharing screenshots of a text conversation with rapper P. Diddy that included a cryptic reference to “Jewish people.” Kanye was also criticized for telling Carlson, with no evidence, that the Abraham Accords were merely a means for Jared Kushner to grow his fortune, an assertion some say invokes classic antisemitic tropes of money-hungry Jews.

Given Kanye’s disdain for the Kushners and inability to control his impulses, I preferred to give him the benefit of the doubt. But then, Kanye lashed out on Twitter, presumably in response to being censored on Instagram, pushing an antisemitic conspiracy theory of the Louis Farrakhan and Black Hebrew Israelite variety about black people being the real Jews. He also threatened to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” and insinuated Jews are to blame for cancel culture.
Considering there've been antisemites -including Islamists - who've hurt Jewish projects over the years, that's exactly why West's claim is absurd. Especially since he appears to have insinuated ALL Jews, no matter their political standings or interpretations of the Judaist religion, are responsible for cancel culture, or anything similar. That's why he disappoints. That's not saying he should be censored, a point the op-ed writer also makes. But it doesn't mean he shouldn't face reprimand for making a bad situation hopeless.

As Bill Maher's pointed out, West's comments were similar in some ways to those of 2 Democrat Congress members already notorious for some awful blabber:
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that the antisemitic comments made by Kanye West are “not really out of order with some things” said by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and that one of Omar’s comments was so egregious that if someone read it to him ten years ago, he would have thought it was a statement from Hezbollah, not a member of Congress.
Alas, Maher's got a valid point. So it's a terrible shame West had to make everything so much worse by perpetuating some of the shoddiest conspiracy theory junk that could've been avoided. Now, what an embarrassment this is all turning out to be, and it won't be the last of its kind, unfortunately.

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