Rapper and fashion mogul, Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has been busy since the last article in the Atlanta Jewish Times that covered the reaction of many of Atlanta’s Jewish and Black leaders to his antisemitic words and antics.
Most recently, Ye has been crowned the 2022 “Antisemite of the Year” by watchdog group StopAntisemitism for his ongoing remarks about the Jewish people.
Ten thousand votes were cast with Ye receiving the dishonorable title, Jon Minadeo II of the Goyim Defense League taking second place, and Mohammed Hadid voted into third place.
In Twitter posts on Oct. 9, Ye vowed to “go death con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE,” and said, “You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda” in reference to Jews. Since that time, Ye has cozied up to Nick Fuentes, one of the leaders of the Goyim Defense League; announced his presidential run for 2024; and appeared on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ podcast where he stated “They (Nazis) did good things, too. We got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time” and “I like Hitler.” Even Jones seemed to disassociate himself from Ye after the podcast.
In announcing the selection of Ye for this dubious honor, Liora Rez, executive director of StopAntisemitism, said, “Kanye earned the title as 2022 Antisemite of the Year as a result of his dangerous antisemitic rhetoric and his exponential reach.
Kanye uses his celebrity platform to push dangerous antisemitic tropes about Jews and power and he refuses to stop. His continuous onslaught of bigoted statements has resulted in horrific antisemitic acts perpetrated by white supremacists, Black Hebrew Israelites, and other fringe groups looking to cause Jews harm. Jew hatred is already out of control in the United States and the last thing we need is a celebrity like Kanye to add fuel to that fire.”
StopAntisemitism was founded to expose and hold antisemites accountable by creating consequences for their actions. The group exposes what it calls “Jew hatred” through social media, blog posts and other digital channels.