Kanye West posted an entry in Hebrew on Instagram in which he apologized to the Jewish community for his controversial statements about it. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said the post could be “the first step on a long road to redress.”
The American rapper, who officially replaced his name and surname with Ye last year, published his apology on December 26. “My intention was never to hurt or insult. I deeply regret the pain I may have caused,” we read in the entry written in Hebrew. In it, West added that he is currently receiving “training to make him more sensitive” and that he is “focused on making amends and working to promote unity.”
The American Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the oldest Jewish organizations in the world, reacted positively to West’s post. “After causing untold damage by using his enormous influence to poison countless minds with virulent anti-Semitism and hatred, an apology may be the first step towards making amends to the Jewish community. Actions are more important than words, but this act of contrition is welcomed by us,” activists said. ADL in a statement sent to CNN.
CNN emphasizes that although the reason for publishing the apology now is unclear, it appeared shortly before the expected release of West’s joint album with rapper Ty Dolla $ign. The portal reminds that in November the musicians played a concert together, during which they presented one of the songs to be included on the album, “Vultures”. The song has already aroused great controversy – West’s verse contains further references to the Jewish community.
Controversy surrounding Kanye West
In November 2022, West was among the nominees for the title of “anti-Semite of the year”. A few months earlier, the musician lost access to his social media account for a post in which he allegedly suggested a threat and referred to Jews. “You were playing with me and trying to exclude anyone who opposes your agenda,” the media quoted the rapper’s tweet as saying. Controversial statements led to cooperation with West broke a number of global brands, including Adidas.
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