Kanye West’s antisemitic comments have clearly boosted the confidence of several antisemites to go ahead and make public statements against the Jewish communities. One such supporter of West is former Baltimore Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith.
Taking to Twitter in support of West, Smith wrote to his 500,000+ followers that Jews have “power and influence” and therefore retaliated against Kanye. “Kanye never got canceled for saying all of the wild things he said about black folks because there aren’t many black people in powerful positions,” Smith wrote Wednesday. “He literally offended a group of people that do have power and influence in every space. It’s not rocket science. Don’t be stupid.”
In response, Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer blasted Smith for engaging in antisemitic tropes.“You have more followers on social media than there are Jews in the state of Maryland. Your statements fuel the flames of antisemitism,” Schleifer wrote.
Smith initially denied that his statements were antisemitic and engaged in a lengthy “debate” with multiple Twitter users, including Schleifer. But, by around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Smith “apologized”, at least officially. “After talking to some of my friends and members of the Jewish community, I would like to apologize for the hurt that some people have experienced from my tweet. That was not my goal and I understand why people feel that way,” Smith tweeted.