Kanye West assails Jews, abortion in Lex Fridman interview

In a sprawling new podcast interview with MIT researcher Lex Fridman, Kanye West made another series of inflammatory and false statements about the Holocaust, abortion, and the Jewish people.

West, now known as Ye, has been on an anti-Semitic rift through right-wing media and the podcast scene, and his hate speech in recent weeks has cost him deals with talent agency CAA and fashion label Balenciaga, while his lucrative partnership with sporting goods giant Adidas will be checked. Kim Kardashian on Monday condemned her ex-husband’s anti-Semitic remarks on social media after a local demonstration by a hate group related to West’s tirades took place on Sunday.

In a two-hour, 26-minute interview released Monday, which touched on topics ranging from tech to the media to his relationship with Kardashian and her former boyfriend Pete Davidson, West appeared in a happy, if unpredictable mood. He described having dinner at a cheesecake factory the night before and sitting next to a veteran with whom he was discussing politics.

But West didn’t apologize for his recent remarks to Fridman, the Soviet-born Jewish host.

Echoing a statement he made in an earlier interview, West said: “We are still in the Holocaust. A Jewish friend of mine said, ‘Visit the Holocaust Museum,’ and my response was, Let’s visit our Holocaust Museum: Planned Parenthood.”

He continued, “Today, 50 percent of black deaths are due to abortion… It’s not racism; that is too broad a term. It is genocide and population control that Black people are experiencing in America today, promoted by Black music and media that pays for Jewish record labels.”

Responding to West’s anti-Semitic allegations to Jewish-run media, Fridman said, “I grew up in the Soviet Union. I’m Jewish, parts of my family perished in Nazi Germany’s holocaust, I have to push back… When you say ‘Jewish media’ there’s an echo of the pain people are feeling.”

“You say it’s redundant, right,” West said, smiling. “If Jews would accept that I am a Jew, they would hear it differently.”

“It is not correct to say that there is Jewish control over the media,” Fridman added.

“But that’s wrong!” She yelled back. “That’s one thing. There is. And did they come and bully me and prove the point?

West later accepted that his far-right beliefs cost him his family and his career. “I lost my damn family. I lost my children. I lost my best friend in fashion. I lost the black community,” he said. “People said I lost my mind… I lost my reputation. And I’m up here just like that, I just want my family. But I don’t want my family to have to say what the left wants from them, to say what China wants from them. I want to be an American and protect my children and my wife and raise my children Christian and my wife to be a Christian.”

West also spoke condescendingly about his ex-wife’s parentage, commenting, “Certain people just have high DNA. Ivanka Trump has high DNA.” West later said that George Soros, a Jewish philanthropist and activist, “would use the black trauma economy to win an election.”

At one point, West suggests that a Jewish conspiracy led to his being diagnosed with mental illness. “There was a Jewish trainer who took me to the hospital and put me on [the] press that I went to the hospital. A Jewish doctor who diagnosed me…”

“Why do you always say Jewish?” Fridman interrupted. “Because they were,” West said. He continued, “He diagnosed me with bipolar disorder and put me on medication. Then put it in the press.”

West accused Ari Emanuel, CEO of William Morris Endeavor, of “trying to put food out of my kids’ mouths” by writing an op-ed in the Financial Times urging companies to sever ties with the rapper .

When asked near the end of the interview what he hopes his legacy will bring, West said, “Who designed the sidewalk, who designed the fountain, who designed the stop sign, who designed the traffic light? These things are so ubiquitous that the person who designed them is forgotten.”

He wanted to “be forgotten” for himself, he said.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-24/kanye-west-lex-fridman-antisemitism-podcast Kanye West assails Jews, abortion in Lex Fridman interview

Sarah Ridley

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