In a shameful act supporting rapper Kanye West’s recent anti-semitic statements, imageboard website 4chan encouraged its followers to vote for the ‘True’ option in a JNS poll that asked whether rapper Kanye West’s remarks about the Jews were “regrettable, crazy, true or unforgivable.”
Soon after the poll was put up, a post on 4chan called on members to answer the poll. “Let’s make this happen,” one user wrote, linking to the survey. Owing to this push, the survey received 2,892 likes, 906 tweets, and 355 quote tweets- all of which led to a huge 87.7% of responses saying Kanye West’s antisemitic comments are ‘True’.
Kanye West's recent antisemitic remarks are:https://t.co/4V2YA0yu5c
— Jewish News Syndicate (@JNS_org) October 24, 2022
The hundreds of comments that came with this travesty included, “I looked into it pretty thoroughly and everything Kanye has said is 100% spot on;” “nothing hurts more than the truth”; and “oh boy that poll didn’t go the way you wanted. Lol.”
4chan has been condemned by Jewish organizations several times before, including in an ADL report on May 21 shortly after the Hamas-Israel War. In the report, ADL stated that 4chan had “extremely high levels of hateful rhetoric, including racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy and anti-Semitism.” During the conflict, classic anti-Semitic language and anti-Jewish slurs increased on the platform by 71 percent, while anti-Semitic language that included variations on terms relating to Zionism, Israel, Palestine, and Hamas increased by 348%.