And to remember that, as always, Nazis are bad.
I hate when people try to excuse it by blaming his bipolar disorder. 'It's just Kanye being Kanye'. You can be mentally ill and still be an asshole.
And even if he did have an 'excuse', it doesn't mitigate the real damage he's doing now.
This makes me sick to my stomach. I live in LA in a very Jewish neighborhood.
This is happening where I live...fucking gross.
I hate that the Jewish community have to continually live in this fear and hatred. It’s disappointing and sad.
I also hate that society continues to make excuses for Kanye and his damaging behavior.
I understand he is mentally ill and I do want him to get the help he needs but his words are clearly damaging and he should not have a platform and also needs to be held accountable for his actions. Also fuck Adidas.
PS. Head to the Adidas US website they have a feedback section. That’s the most satisfying feedback I’ve shared in a while 🤓
Adidas. Sponsors of our Black Ferns and All Blacks. Thanks David for exposing KanYE.....
Hi David, my name is Gracee, I don't know if you remember me but I was the one who did the presentation on you for my class in high school a couple years ago (and also the fan edits and farrier nation lol). I've been following your work for years and I'm planning on attending the showing of Mister Organ in Philly tonight. If possible I would love to say hello and get a picture with you! Thanks so much and I love your work. :)
Well - it took a public outcry for Adidas to actually suck up the monetary loss and do the right thing:
"Adidas terminates partnership with Ye following rapper’s antisemitic remarks"
Good! Another company and person to not give money nor attention too.
What I don’t understand is how he thinks he would’ve been able to survive in Nazi Germany. How can someone not be on the same side as Jewish people when they would’ve been straight on that train to the gas chamber with them. Considering he wouldn’t have even qualified to be the Aryan race. I won’t be buying Adidas again. I won’t support hatred
What he's doing is unforgivable, and so is Adidas for not dropping him.
What a horrendous person. I also have a massive problem with Kayne and the mental illness excuse that is rolled out every time things get too hot.
Absolutely, mental illness can provide context for behaviour, certain symptoms can demonstrate the need for increased support. Sometimes people hurt the people that they love when they are in the grip of an episode.
But, not always and if it does happen, its for a brief period until the person and their support network can get them back in track.
It is so deeply offensive to people who live with mental illness every day, who are not racist, sexist, cruel and abusive to be lumped with this absolute arsehole that has spent years publicly shaming and baiting those he claims to love, while providing a platform and validation to groups with disgusting, disturbing views who have no business having one.
Yuck, yuck, yuck
He is such a complete and utter fuckwit. I understand there was a period of time in his life where his talent with music / producing meant that he was considered incredible, but that time has passed and now we are left with a despicable human walking around spewing hate. The fact that he is proud not to have read any books really speaks volumes. He may have Bi-polar Disorder but his horrendous and abusive behaviour should not be reflective of this disorder and I hate the thought others with the disorder being judged by the Kanye yardstick. The man is clearly full of a lot of hate, inspired by ignorance and really lacking in logic. I have never watched any show pertaining to any Kardashian and really am not mad about that part of our society either but was quite shocked at Kanye's clearly abusive and dangerous behavior towards his children and their mother, its mad what is considered entertaining these days. Utterly disgusted and very saddened by the hate these groups spew and feel for the Jewish people having to experience this first hand. I would imagine there are some very scared Jewish children having to have very difficult conversations with their parents at the moment trying to understand the shit show we all find ourselves living in.
Good luck in Philly tonight David.
Thanks David for elevating this issue. I have just become a paid subscriber as I want to support the amazing work you do. Sickening that Adidas have not commented - wonder how our All Blacks and Black Ferns feel about this? Also so frustrating to see Boy George attack Kim Kardashian for what he referred to as “appalling” silence. I’m not a Kardashian fan - have never watched to show. But I have seen the ongoing public harassment that she has had to endure after her marriage breakup, and I can’t seem to recall Boy George speaking out then. Why on earth should she be expected to attack the man who has publicly harassed her since their marriage breakup - that would do nothing to help calm things for her and their children, most likely would make it worse. So by making that choice she gets publicly harassed by Boy George instead.
I avoid media which platform Kanye West.
Trevor Noah always makes very thoughtful comments about him - this "Between The Scenes" bit addresses his Kanye West "beef" and is an excellent commentary on mental health and American (media) culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWRNY3WHZtg
I wish there was at least one person in Kanye's team who would intercede and do something about getting him the help he needs. Although having said that, maybe at least one of them has tried but it hasn't worked...
I’ve tried, for years, to consider all sides, be reasonable, have empathy, consider others’ mental health struggles, be a reasonable human. Fuck it. Arseholes are arseholes.
He put his own children in danger by publicly posting about their school and forcing his wife to have to pay for security because of his deranged fans. His vendetta against Pete Davidson was also super dangerous. He posted publicly with obituaries and veiled threats, not to mention the song and music video. People eat it up but its not funny or entertaining.... his mental health is deteriorating in public view and his behaviour is dangerous.
I would say Kanye is so early 2000s, but as you say, he knows what he's doing and pulls this kind of crap in order to keep in the public consciousness. I wish I didn't have to give him any space in my already overcrowded brain.
I didn't know that about Adidas. Chilling. Maybe in our overly capitalistic world that's how we get action? Campaign for Adidas to drop him.