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Makes offer to buy right-wing social network Parler

‘The Jewish media blocked me out,’ Kanye West says in latest antisemitic rant

Controversial hip-hop star claims Jews ‘have owned the Black voice,’ blames ‘Jewish Zionists’ for publicizing details about ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s relationship with Pete Davidson

Kanye West on the "Drink Champs" podcast, October 16, 2022. (Youtube screenshot, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Kanye West on the "Drink Champs" podcast, October 16, 2022. (Youtube screenshot, used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Kanye West launched into a fresh tirade against Jewish people during a podcast appearance on Sunday, after being restricted from major social media platforms for similar rants.

The hip-hop star, now known as Ye, spoke on Revolt TV’s “Drink Champs” podcast, hosted by rapper N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, where he made antisemitic claims regarding Jewish ties to media and wealth.

“You get used to paparazzi taking a picture of you, and you don’t get money off it. You just get used to being screwed by the Jewish media,” West raged, adding that “the Jewish media blocked me out.”

“Jewish people have owned the Black voice. Whether it’s through us wearing the Ralph Lauren shirt, or it’s all of us being signed to a record label, or having a Jewish manager, or being signed to a Jewish basketball team, or doing a movie on a Jewish platform like Disney.”

He also repeated an earlier claim made in an Instagram post that he couldn’t be antisemitic, since black people were descended from Jews because they had the “blood of Christ,” echoing claims made by the Black Hebrew Israelites, which is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“We Jew [sic] so I can’t be antisemite,” he said.

On the podcast, West blamed “Jewish Zionists” for news stories revealing that his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her then-boyfriend, comedian Pete Davidson, had sex in front of a fireplace.

“It’s Jewish Zionists that’s about that life. That’s telling this Christian woman that has four black children to put that out as a message,” he charged.

In another wild claim about Jewish people and wealth, West said that Catholics refused to work on divorce cases, “so the Jewish lawyers came in and were willing to divorce people. That’s how they came into the money.”

Responding to Los Angeles apparel designer Dov Charney’s call for West to visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the rapper said Charney should visit Planned Parenthood, calling it “our Holocaust Museum” in reference to comments he has made on abortion.

Charney had printed West’s controversial “White Lives Matter” t-shirts but refused to release them after antisemitic tweets last week in which the rapper threatened to go “Death con 3 on Jewish people.”

“Death con 3” appeared to be a mistaken use of the US military heightened alert status DEFCON 3.

Before his Twitter rant, West posted a number of screenshots on Instagram of an argument with hip-hop star Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy or Diddy. The argument had erupted after West wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt at a Paris fashion show, and Combs had called him out on it.

In one of the messages to Combs, West said: “Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.” West captioned the Instagram post “Jesus is Jew.”

West was barred from Instagram and Twitter over the series of statements he posted that were deemed bigoted and hateful.

The American Jewish Community took to Twitter to condemn Revolt TV for hosting West without challenging his views during the show.

“Choosing to allow Kanye to spew antisemitic hatred, even after he threatened all Jewish people, is despicable. Enough!” it said.

Since getting blocked from the mainstream social media sites, West is offering to buy right-wing friendly social network, Parler.

The acquisition of Parler would give him control of a social media platform and a new outlet for his opinions with no gatekeeper.

But even among the new breed of largely right-wing social apps that purport to support free speech by having looser rules and moderation, Parler’s user base is tiny.

Parlement Technologies, which owns the platform, and West said the acquisition should be completed in the fourth quarter, but details like price were not disclosed.

Parlement Technologies said the agreement includes the use of private cloud services via Parlement’s private cloud and data center infrastructure.

The website of the social media platform Parler is displayed in Berlin, January 10, 2021. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

“In a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” Ye said in a prepared statement.

The acquisition could also breathe new life into Parler, which has struggled amid competition from other conservative-friendly platforms like Truth Social, started by former President Donald Trump. Parler had a relatively tiny average of 983,000 monthly active users for the first half of this year, according to Data.ai, which tracks mobile app usage.

Truth Social had 2.4 million monthly users during the same period, despite launching just in February and only on Apple devices, according to Data.ai. The market research firm said another right-leaning platform, Gettr, which launched in July 2021, is ahead of both Parler and Truth Social with about 3.8 million monthly active users.

None of them come close to Twitter, which reported that it had a daily average of about 237.8 million active users during its most recent quarter. Many of the right-wing platforms emerged from opposition to the content-moderation restrictions at mainstream services such as Twitter and Facebook, though billionaire Elon Musk has pledged to lessen some of Twitter’s speech restrictions if he follows through with a promised $44 billion takeover of the San Francisco company later this month.

Parler, which launched in August 2018, didn’t start picking up steam until 2020.

But it was kicked offline following the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. A month after the attack, Parler announced a relaunch. It returned to Google Play last month.

“This deal will change the world, and change the way the world thinks about free speech,” Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer said in a prepared statement.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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