Multiple celebrities including movie icon Jamie Lee Curtis, comedian Sarah Silverman and Frozen star Josh Gad have come forward to denounce Kanye West’s anti-Semitic Twitter outburst.
Curtis spoke about the timing of West’s words, coming a week after Yom Kippur, adding: ‘Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide.’
Comedian Sarah Silverman has spoken out on the lack of outrage from non-Jews following Kanye West’s anti-Semitic statements on Twitter by declaring: ‘The silence is so loud.’
Josh Gad echoed Silverman’s statements by saying that so many people stand with him on other political issues but are silent when it comes to instances of anti-Semitism.
West, 45, declared war on the Jewish community following his controversial Paris Fashion Week show, where he showcased his White Lives Matter shirts.
The blowback from A-listers came as both Twitter and Instagram face huge criticism at their apparent reluctance to delete anti-Semitic comments from the site.
West was today barred from posting on his Twitter account after the shocking threats – just hours after being restricted on Instagram.
In a post, that has since been removed by Twitter, Kanye wrote: ‘I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE.’
He added: ‘The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also.
‘You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.’
Sarah Silverman tweeted this after spending most of her Sunday retweeting other prominent Jewish commentator’s thoughts on West’s outbursts.
Kanye West continued his return to Twitter with a disturbing tweet where he suggested he would be ‘going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE’ while bringing back his ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt
Comedian Sarah Silverman has crossed West in the past, questioning his access to the White House under Trump and his support of Bill Cosby
True Lies star Curtis, 63, tweeted: ‘The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. Your words hurt and incite violence. You are a father. Please stop.’
The Halloween star’s father, fellow A-lister Tony Curtis, was Jewish, the son of Hungarian Jewish immigrants to the United States.
Silverman, 51, tweeted: ‘Kanye threatened the Jews yesterday on twitter and it’s not even trending. Why do mostly only Jews speak up against Jewish hate? The silence is so loud.’
Hours after posting, West was locked out of his Twitter account – as Jewish celebrities and politicians condemned him for the vile online abuse.
Prior to making her own statement, Silverman spent most of Sunday retweeting other commentators and comedians disgust at West.
Among those was the Atlantic’s Yair Rosenberg who wrote: ‘Kanye posted his second tweet before the first was taken down, perfectly demonstrating how “the Jews control everything” is a preemptive anti-Semitic defense against consequences for expressing antisemitism.’
Josh Gad said of West’s remarks: ‘More and more, I find that anti-Semitism is one of the rare forms of hate towards a specific group that is seemingly met with silence by the masses’
Frozen star Josh Gad also chimed in on West’s remarks and the silence from the public-at-large
Frozen star Josh Gad retweeted Silverman’s sentiments with his own message.
Gad, 41, said: ‘More and more, I find that anti-Semitism is one of the rare forms of hate towards a specific group that is seemingly met with silence by the masses.’
‘It’s heartbreaking standing with so many others on issue after issue and find those same allies consistently silence when we need them,’ he continued.
It isn’t the first time that Silverman has called out West. In 2018, just after his infamous visit to meet then-President Donald Trump in the oval, she had some choice words for the Jesus Walks Rapper.
The Ralph Breaks the Internet star spoke about the GOP’s embracing of West but their dismissal of Taylor Swift’s liberal opinions.
She said: ‘Republicans’ knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to tell her to stay out of politics. Hey, you can’t give Kanye a free ticket to the White House and then tell Taylor to stay in her lane.’
While in 2016, when West inexplicably tweeted: ‘BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!’ as the Cosby Show star prepared to face a criminal trial for sexual assault.
Silverman responded to West saying: ‘Kanye!! You can’t be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain thank to a statue of limitations ON RAPE. Oy.’
A Twitter spokesman said of West’s remarks: ‘The account in question has been locked due to a violation of Twitter’s policies.’ This means that the rapper will be unable to post.
Deafcon – also known as defense readiness condition – is an alert used by the US Armed Forces to indicate how quickly the military can be deployed during deadly emergencies and attacks.
Influencer and Real Housewife Savetsky made videos pointing out Kanye’s hateful words – before she received a barrage of abuse herself for defending the Jewish community
West debuted the shirt at Paris Fashion Week, alongside conservative commentator Candance Owens (pictured together)
Lizzy Savetsky, who is among the new cast members for the Real Housewives of New York, slammed Kanye for his repeated antisemitism on social media
West previously accused rapper Diddy of being controlled by Jewish people trying to silence his ‘White Lives Matter’ message – resulting in his Instagram account being restricted.
And Diddy responded in a post saying he hopes we stop all this ‘coonin’ and baffoonin’.’
In the veiled swipe at Kanye, he wrote: ‘We don’t have the time! We are under a state of emergency!!! Unapologetically black first!’
This comes as reality star Real Housewives of New York star Lizzy Savetsky received a barrage of anti-Jewish abuse herself for calling out Kanye’s vile antisemitism.
In a clip, Savetsky said that Instagram had become a ‘breeding ground for antisemitism’ as she berated the app – and Kanye – for his hateful comments.
Among the nasty backlash, the reality star was told to ‘get your hidey hole in the attic ready for you and the family’ – a disgraceful reference to Anne Frank, who was killed by the Nazis in 1945.
Others commented on her physical appearance, peddled anti-Semitic tropes that Jewish people control the media and banks, and one also told her that ‘Germany shoulda won’ World War Two.
She took to social media and said: ‘Thankfully Instagram has restricted Kanye’s account. That doesn’t change the fact that I continue to receive shockingly hateful, evening threatening comments in support of his anti-Semitic message.
The mother-of-three from Texas added: ‘My children’s great grandmother didn’t survive Auschwitz so we could sit idly by as people threaten our existence as a people. We have to speak up! I take these threats very seriously and you should to.’
Following her rant, Savetsky, who was announced as a new cast member in August, reposted recent Kanye’s tweet and simply wrote: ‘In case you didn’t see Kanye’s since removed tweet.’
Kanye’s post was quickly removed from Twitter – however his account was not restricted, unlike the decision made by Meta.
Real Housewives of New York star Lizzy Savetsky called out Kanye for a previous post about antisemitism – but then received a barrage of abuse by his fans
Kanye West was spotted with his ex-girlfriend Vinetria checking into a hotel in Beverly Hills just days ago
Comedian Hannah Einbinder also rallied her 124,000 social media followers to stand up against the hate that Kanye spewed online
Mayor of Beverly Hills Lili Bosse spoke out against the rapper’s antisemitism, saying that he ‘clearly spews hatred to Jews’
Shocking the fans: Ye, 45, first wore the ‘White Lives Matter’ design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday
Comedian Hannah Einbinder told her 124,000 followers on Instagram after Kanye’s tweets: ‘Just a reminder that if you f*** with this man then you are dead to me.
‘Gonna need my non Jewish friends to condemn that s***. It can’t just be Jews defending ourselves, there aren’t enough of us left. We need allies.’
Ritchie Torres, who is a US representative for New York’s 15th congressional district, was also among politicians and celebrities calling out the rapper for his antisemitism.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘Kanye West: if you see yourself at war with Jewish people, then you are, by definition, Antisemitic. Shame on you and your enablers.’
British comedian and author David Baddiel added: ‘Kanye West’s threat to Jews is as ever based on a myth of Jewish power, a myth believed across the political spectrum.’
Kanye donned his controversial White Lives Matter tweet to watch daughter North play basketball in LA. He sent the disturbing tweet about Jews shortly afterwards
Kanye West’s tweet saying he would go ‘death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE’ was removed by Twitter as it ‘violated the Twitter Rules’
David Baddiel, author of Jews Don’t Count, also stood up for the community following Kanye West’s tweet
Representative Ritchie Torres told Kanye West following the vile abuse: ‘Shame on you and your enablers’
The writer, who penned the book Jews Don’t Count, said: ‘It lies at the heart of the Jews Don’t Count phenomenon: Jews are powerful so attacking them is punching up and concern for them in the face of it unnecessary.’
Veteran New York State Representative Dov Hikind also called out the rapper for his spew of hatred, calling him a ‘sick man.’
Hikind said: ‘Kanye is a Jew-hater in denial. He’s clearly a sick man
‘Twitter removed Kanye’s nasty and dangerous antisemitic tweet, but we will not forget the line this man has crossed.
‘We can only watch with the same sadness shared by his own family as Kanye West self destructs and attacks his former friends. Ye who sows hate shall reap sorrow.’
The Mayor of Beverly Hills in California also slammed Kanye for his comments – saying he ‘clearly spews hatred to Jews.’
Lili Bosse wrote: ‘As a daughter of an Auschwitz survivor who is no longer on this earth, I am left to bear witness to antisemitism.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind called Kanye a ‘sick man’ after he was restricted on Instagram and then had his post deleted on Twitter
West has found himself in multiple scandals in recent days, after he wore a White Lives Matter shirt at his Paris fashion week show
‘As I see twitter blowing up tonight over a tweet by someone who clearly spews hatred to Jews, I will be the voice for the voiceless. Never Again. Never Forget.’
Just hours after the Meta restriction, Kanye took to Twitter to continue the attacks.
West’s tweets marked the first time in nearly two years since he has posted to Twitter. Elon Musk welcomed his return to the platform, tweeting ‘Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!’
After his initial posts were removed by Meta, which owns Instagram, Ye called out Zuckerberg’s company on Twitter for restricting his account.
‘Look at this, Mark. How you gone kick me off Instagram. You use to be my n***a.’
He posted the tweet alongside a photo of the pair performing karaoke at an unknown time.
A Meta spokesperson said: ‘We may place restrictions on accounts that repeatedly break our rules.’
The American Jewish Committee said in a statement: ‘Kanye West has had a streak of rants this week that is remarkable even by his standards. Ye needs to see that words matter, especially a vicious antisemitic comment that recently surfaced on social media.
‘If he wants to have any credibility as a commentator on social issues, let alone as a musician, he should start by figuring out how to make a point without fomenting hatred of Jews.’