Actress Jamie Lee Curtis welled up on live television Monday morning as she slammed Kanye West for his ‘abhorrent’ anti-Semitic rant on Twitter.
The actress appeared on The Today Show to promote the newest installment of her horror series, Halloween Ends, when host Hoda Kotb brought up the rapper’s tweet declaring war on the Jewish people.
Dressed in a hot pink pantsuit and donning aviator eyeglasses, Curtis — the daughter of renowned Jewish actor Tony Curtis — nearly broke down in tears as she spoke about seeing the tweet Sunday morning.
‘It was yesterday, just yesterday,’ she corrected Kotb when the journalist said it was ‘just recently.’
‘I woke up to this,’ Curtis, 63, said. ‘I burst into tears. I woke up and I burst out into tears.
‘Death Con 3 on Jewish people? What are you doing?’ she asked the Gold Digger singer.
‘It’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise around the world, but on Twitter, on a portal, as if Jewish people haven’t had it hard enough,’ Curtis continued.
‘As if Asian people – I mean Everything, Everywhere All at Once is a movie about an immigrant Asian family, as if Asian people haven’t had enough.
‘I mean it’s just abhorrent. It’s abhorrent.’
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis nearly broke down in tears on live television Monday morning as she spoke about reading Kanye West’s anti-Semitic tweet
The longtime actress, 63, told host Hoda Kotb about the Yeezy designer, 45, ‘I hope he gets help’
The actress then went on to talk about her upcoming film, saying it’s ‘about victim shaming, about what happens when a community gets poisoned — and the victim is actually the one who the community piles on.’
At that point, Kotb, 58, interrupted the Golden Globe winner, saying: ‘I have interviewed you many times, I have never seen your eyes well up in anger like that.’
‘Sorry,’ Curtis replied. ‘I literally, I woke up and thought, ‘My grandparents?’
‘It’s just abhorrent, it’s abhorrent behavior,’ she said. ‘I hope he gets help. I hope his children get help from him. It’s terrible.’
Kotb seemed to agree as she said: ‘It’s caused a ton, a ton of reaction [online].’
‘And if we aren’t reacting who are we?’ Curtis asked, rhetorically. ‘What does it say about people who aren’t reacting? Who woke up and read that and thought, ‘Oh what are you having for breakfast?’
It’s a big concern.’
Describing her reaction upon reading Kanye’s hurtful message over the weekend, she said, ‘I burst into tears…it’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise around the world, but on Twitter?’
While speaking to Kotb, 58, she asked rhetorically, ‘And if we weren’t reacting, who are we? What does it say about people who aren’t reacting?’
Curtis was one of the first celebrities to call out Yeezus after he tweeted: ‘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.’
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.
In response to the tweet, Curtis wrote: ‘The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide.’
The Halloween star’s father, Tony Curtis, was the son of Hungarian Jewish parents who immigrated to the United States.
Soon, many other A listers called out the rapper for his remarks, and Kanye was soon barred from posting on his Twitter account, with a Twitter spokesperson saying: ‘The account in question has been locked due to a violation of Twitter’s policies.’
Kanye West has found himself once again under fire for declaring war against Jewish people
He tweeted he would be ‘going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE’ while bringing back his ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt
Curtis was among the first to react to the tweet, saying: ‘Your words hurt and incite violence’
Comedian Sarah Silverman also spoke out on the lack of outrage from non-Jews, declaring: ‘The silence is so loud.’
She had previously 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.’
And Frozen actor Josh Gad said that so many people stand with him on other political issues but are silent when it comes to instances of anti-Semitism.
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.
Meanwhile, EGOT winner John Legend, who famously was christened ‘Legend’ by West during the pair’s long time friendship tweeted: ‘Weird how all these ‘free, independent thinkers’ always land at the same old anti blackness and anti-Semitism.’
Over the last few years, Legend has made it clear that his friendship with West has deteriorated over the latter’s support for Donald Trump and his own presidential run in 2020.
EGOT winner John Legend and former friend of Ye tweeted in response: ‘Weird how all these ‘free, independent thinkers’ always land at the same old anti blackness and anti-Semitism’
Frozen star Josh Gad also chimed in on West’s remarks and the silence from the public-at-large
Sarah Silverman questioned why non-Jews were not speaking out about the tweet
But this is not the first time West has come under fire for anti-Semitic comments.
He 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!’
More recently, reality star Real Housewives of New York star Lizzy Savetsky received a barrage of anti-Jewish abuse 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.’
The American Jewish Committee has now even 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.’
Real Housewives of New York star Lizzy Savetsky previously called out Kanye for a previous post about antisemitism – but then received a barrage of abuse by his fans
West debuted the shirt at Paris Fashion Week, alongside conservative commentator Candance Owens (pictured together)
He 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’s remarks came just hours after he was restricted on Instagram following his controversial appearance at a Paris Fashion Week show, where he showcased his White Lives Matter shirts.
He was pictured standing beside Candace Owens, wearing inverse colors of the same shirt.
What followed was a snowball of backlash from fans and celebrities on social media, with some defending Kanye and others condemning him.
But Kanye has stood firm on his position, continuing to wear variations of the shirt, most recently alongside ex-wife Kim Kardashian at daughter North’s, nine, basketball game.
On Sunday night, Page Six quoted friends close to West as saying that the star was in the midst of psychiatric episode.