Rapper Kanye West has been suspiciously silent on social media on Saturday, October 8, although that may be due to the new restrictions that have been placed on his account.
On Saturday afternoon, NBC News reported that Friday’s posting spree, which has been dubbed “anti-Semitic” by many, has resulted in Meta taking action against the “Donda” rapper’s account only about a week after he stirred controversy with his “White Lives Matter” shirt.
Instagram Removes Posts, Restricts Kanye West From Posting More ‘Anti-Semitic’ Content
According to a spokesperson for Meta, Instagram’s parent company, several of the controversial posts have been deleted. New restrictions have been placed on his account for violating their rules and guidelines against hate speech, but those restrictions have not been made public. The company also did not state which specific posts were removed from his account, but fans noticed that at least half a dozen posts appeared to be missing as of Saturday morning.
In one deleted post, the Yeezy fashion designer had shared a text message exchange with Sean “Diddy” Combs. He had captioned the post, “Jesus is Jew.” In the message itself, it seemed to appear that Ye was claiming that Diddy was “controlled” by Jewish people. Although Ye is not the first person to reference the long-standing anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, Instagram was quick to remove the content.
According to Kanye West, Diddy is a fed 🧐 but he’s the one always leaking private messages 🤔 pic.twitter.com/EQzHKfG22B
— Music is Life (@ArtOfMusic_) October 7, 2022
It is also not the first anti-Semitic comment that the “Hurricane” rapper has made recently. On Thursday, October 6, Ye appeared on Fox News for an interview with conservative host Tucker Carlson. During the interview, Ye not only doubled down on his conservative viewpoint, but he also accused former Trump advisor Jared Kushner, who is Jewish, of brokering treaties in the Middle East for profit.
During the interview, Ye recalled a dinner that he attended, where he learned that Josh Kushner, Jared’s brother, had 10 percent ownership in SKIMS shapewear, the clothing line owned by his now ex-wife, Kim Kardashian. In a since-deleted Instagram post shared only a few hours before the Fox News interview, Ye had written, “F— JOSH KUSHNER.”
American Jewish Committee Fires Back At Ye’s ‘Anti-Jewish’ Posts
Kanye West’s week has consisted of:
– Incoherent rants laden with racist and antisemitic undertones made on the country’s top cable news program.
– Anti-Jewish posts shared with his 18 million followers on Instagram.
These posts are dangerous and here’s why:
— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) October 7, 2022
On Friday, the American Jewish Committee took to Twitter to slam the “Flashing Lights” rapper and his recent string of posts. In one tweet, they said that the rapper’s week consisted of “incoherent rants laden with racist and antisemitic undertones made on the country’s top cable news program” and “Anti-Jewish posts shared with his 18 million followers on Instagram.”
They also created a brief video to explain why his posts are so dangerous, especially in today’s political climate. In the video, the organization accused Ye of using “anti-Semitic tropes like greed and control,” and included snapshots of his Fox News interview and the deleted Instagram post.
Kanye West Calls Out Mark Zuckerberg: ‘How You Gone Kick Me Off Instagram’
Look at this Mark
How you gone kick me off instagram
You used to be my nigga pic.twitter.com/YQzjw01jur
— ye (@kanyewest) October 8, 2022
Early Saturday morning, Ye seemed to take aim at Mark Zuckerberg and accused him of kicking him off Instagram. Although his account is still active, it looks like his posts have been restricted. Ye has faced 24-hour Instagram bans in the past, but it’s unclear how long this one will last.
Although Ye has not used Twitter since 2020, he shared a photo of him holding up a black hat that read “2024” in white letters before tweeting a photo of him and the Facebook founder a few hours later.
“Look at this Mark,” he tweeted. ‘How you gone kick me off Instagram?”
— ye (@kanyewest) October 8, 2022
It’s unclear if “2024” is a sign that Kanye West is throwing his hat in the race for another Presidential run, but he does seem to have several followers in his corner. One fan commented, “I’ll vote for you any day” while another follower added, “The goat is back.”