Kanye’s purchase of Parler ends after antisemitic tirade

After weeks of virulent anti-Semitism, Kanye West is no longer willing to buy right-wing social network Parler, the company announced on Thursday.

“Parlement Technologies would like to confirm that the company has reached an amicable agreement with Ye to terminate the intention to sell Parler,” the company said wrote on Twitter. “This decision was made in mid-November in the interests of both parties.”

West, who is now passing Ye, has spent the past few weeks at one extensive anti-Semitic tiradeincluding on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight and more recently on Infowars – during which he said conspiracy theorists Alex Jones: “Every person has something of value that they brought to the table, especially Hitler.”

Then he added: “I like Hitler.”

Parler agreed in mid-October a deal in principle among which the rapper and fashion mogul would buy the social media platform, which has crafted itself as a culture war alternative to Twitter with minimal content moderation. Parler is backed by right-wing mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, and his CEO is married to Candace Owens — a right-wing provocateur who has become part of Yes’s circle.

Before his deal with Parler, it was Ye suspended from mainstream social networks Instagram and Twitter after threatening to “bring death to Jewish people,” among other hateful posts. The rapper said those suspensions led to initial efforts to acquire Parler, though he has since returned to Twitter.

He was also widely criticized for his decision to wear a White Lives Matter shirt during Paris Fashion Week in October one last dinner He attended with former President Trump and well-known white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

Adidas and other brands severed ties with Ye amid the maelstrom.

Parler “will continue to monitor future growth opportunities and platform advancements,” the company tweeted. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment; Ye could not be reached for comment.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-12-01/kanye-west-purchase-parler-social-network-ye-antisemitic-tirade Kanye’s purchase of Parler ends after antisemitic tirade

Sarah Ridley

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