After being suspended for a number of antisemitic messages, Kanye West’s account was reactivated on the rebranded social media platform X on Saturday.
Ye, as West is often known, was removed from the social media network by Elon Musk a few weeks after he bought it in October.
When Ye posted a swastika with a Star of David interwoven, Musk referred to it as an “incitement to violence.
Several people with connections to West were quoted by CNN in October of last year as saying that the rapper and fashion mogul had long been “fascinated by Adolf Hitler,” and no fewer than four people claimed that Ye originally intended for his 2018 album to be called “Hitler.”
In the same month, Ye accused Jared Kushner, the Jewish son-in-law of President Trump, of brokering the Abraham Accords primarily out of a desire to “make money” for himself and his family during an interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Days later, Ye tweeted: “I’m a bit sleepy tonight, but when I wake up, I’m going death con 3 on Jewish PEOPLE.
He continued: “The funny thing is I actually can’t be antisemitic because black people are actually Jews. Also, You guys have toyed with me and tried to blackball anyone who opposes your agenda.”
In a later conversation with Chris Cuomo, Ye discussed the “Jewish underground media mafia” and claimed that his comments about “Death Con 3” were sparked by “Jewish record labels” that not only “take control” of publishing but also of the culture itself. He said, “It’s like modern-day slavery.”
Ye brought white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes to Mar-a-Lago in Florida in November so they could meet former President Donald Trump. Fuentes, 24, is a prominent member of the far right and is well-known for his blatantly harsh views on minorities, women, and Jews.
His past includes denial of the Holocaust, adulation of Hitler, and racial slurs directed at African Americans. Weeks later, Ye promoted Holocaust denial during an Alex Jones and Fuentes “InfoWars” interview.
He asserted that “Hitler has a lot of redeeming qualities” and declared his affection for the Nazis. He also frequently displayed a little net and “Yoo-hoo” chocolate milk to make fun of Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel.
It was “absolutely sickening that antisemite Kanye West was unsuspended from Twitter/X and given a gold verification check mark,” tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. He hasn’t taken any action to atone for his actions. Greenblatt continued, “This strategy only succeeds when the perpetrator exhibits some level of regret and an openness to learning.
I believe in counseling culture, not canceling culture. There has been nothing from Kanye. This past weekend, The Wall Street Journal claimed that Ye had made a commitment to X that he would refrain from posting offensive or anti-Semitic content and would not be allowed to monetize his account.
Ye had not published any fresh content as of Sunday morning.