Instagram and Twitter suspended Kanye West‘s account within days of his anti-Semitic comments. He has also made headlines after his controversial “White Lives Matter” shirts, and his comments on George Floyd’s death.
Since then, many of his business partners have also cut ties with the rapper, including Adidas, resulting in the rapper no longer being a billionaire. Ye’s net worth, according to Forbes, is now in the range of $400 million, falling from his previous $1.3 billion net worth.
Many celebrities have spoken out, defending the Jewish community, saying they can’t just sit back in silence after hearing Kanye West’s comments.
Antonio Brown Defends Kanye West
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is defending Kanye West, who also goes by Ye, as he decided to remain president of Donda Sports, which he joined last year, saying, “the world’s reactionary and selective outrage at comments in the media made by my brother, Ye, have inflamed and sparked rampant conversation and reflection.”
He continued, “The people and brands that have relentlessly profited from Black ideas and Black culture chose to distance themselves at a very specific time: a time that demonstrated their prioritization of certain groups over others. None of us in this world are free of judgment, yet we live in a time where scrutiny and pessimism have driven our dialogues on cultural issues toward diatribes.”
The former NFL star concluded by saying, “Sensationalism and groupthink have forced people to not speak their minds and act out in fear rather than love. For these reasons, I stand by my dedication to freedom of speech, thought, and opinion. I remain true to the mission of Donda and our amazing staff and community. I remain committed to bringing new ideas, experiences, and designs to our world I remain in support of the humanity that is Ye.”
Brown also added that he believes Ye’s comments were taken “out of proportion” by the media.
Kanye Speaks Out About Anti-Semitic Comments
After making several anti-Semitic comments, Kanye West admitted he caused pain to Jewish people, but is not sorry for what he said. When speaking to Piers Morgan for a two-hour interview for the TV show’s host upcoming show, Piers asked the rapper, “Do you now regret saying, ‘Deathcon 3 on Jewish people?’ Are you sorry you said that?”
To which Ye replied, “No. Absolutely not. Absolutely not. Absolutely not,” he responded, but Piers insisted “you should be.”
Piers said Kanye’s “deathcon 3” comment is “as racist as anything you say you’ve been through and any pain you’ve experienced.”
“Racism is racism. You know that, I think, don’t you?” Morgan continued to say, to which Ye said, “Yes, that’s why I said it. I fought fire with fire. I’m not here to get hosed down. That’s a different type of freedom fighter.”
Additionally, the 45-year-old recently spoke to TMZ about the criticism he is receiving from his recent controversies, saying, “I ain’t losing no money. The day I was taken off the Balenciaga site, that was one of the most freeing days. We here, baby, we ain’t going nowhere.”