Kanye West news: Ted Cruz mocks AOC for calling out rapper’s posts as Twitter and Instagram keep bans

Fox News hosts forced to make on-air U-turn over support for Kanye West

Republican Senator Ted Cruz criticized congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she joined a chorus of celebrities like John Legend, Lizzo and Jamie Lee Curtis in condemning Kanye West’s anti-Semitic remarks.

Twitter and Instagram both restricted Mr West’s access to his accounts after he shared a series of anti-Semitic posts on them over the weekend.

Late Saturday night, the rapper, now known as Ye, sent a tweet that said he would soon go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to internet archive records. That’s an apparent reference to the US military readiness condition scale known as DEFCON.

He then alleged that he wasn’t “Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew.”

The tweet was removed by Twitter and replaced with text that said it violated Twitter’s rules, linking back to the company’s platform use guidelines.

Over the weekend, West also shared a post on Instagram that suggested that Sean “Diddy” Combs was being controlled by Jewish people.

The Anti-Defamation League has labeled West’s behavior and messages over the past week as “deeply troubling, dangerous, and anti-Semitic, period”.

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Jimmy Kimmel jokes that his ‘Kanye-themed bar mitzvah is off’

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel couldn’t resist taking a public swipe at the celebrity who is, once again, dominating the headlines for his latest social media tirade.

On Monday night, after wrapping a bit about the country not being too keen to observe Columbus Day holiday – “there’s not even a Google doodle” for it, he jibed – the ABC host turned his attention to the “future president”.

Kanye West, he deadpanned, has been “Ye-zier than ever” Mr Kimmel began, before quipping that, “even Mel Gibson is like, reel it in, buddy.”

He explained how the rapper had accused Sean “Diddy” Combs in a text exchange he posted online of being controlled by Jewish people, to which the late-night host then defeatedly responded by saying: “I guess my Kanye-themed bar mitzvah is off !”

Watch the full clip here:

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Candace Owens defends Kanye West over anti-Semitic tweet

ICYMI: The controversial conservative commentator was pictured wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt with Kanye West at his YZY brand fashion show in Paris.

After the fashion show, she even posted pictures of her outfit, which has been widely criticised, on her Instagram story

Now she is defending the rapper’s antisemitic tweet, saying, “If you are an honest person, you did not think this tweet was antisemitic. If you are an honest person you read this tweet you had no idea what the hell he was talking about.”

And she added: “It’s like you cannot even say the word ‘Jewish’ without people getting upset.”

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Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel calls Kanye West, Kim Kardashian ‘attention-grabbing billionaires’

Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel took to Instagram on Monday to voice her opinion about the fallout from Kanye West’s social media posts, which have triggered a flurry of condemnation from Hollywood to Washington, DC.

“We empower these people. We and the media empower these people and then we wonder why they have so much power,” said the 51-year-old Skinnygirl CEO in a story posted on her Instagram.

“We make them billionaires. We buy the products. We feed the beast. We can’t feed the beast and then wonder why the beast is taking over,” she quipped, referring to both West’s and Kardashian’s billion-dollar business ventures.

Bethenny Frankel, 51, posted on Instagram to take a pop at Kanye West and his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and the news cycle that she sees as keeping the two billionaires in the headlines and in power

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“That’s how the wrong people get into politics. We feed the beast. It’s up to us,” she said, before adding that: “We wouldn’t even hear what they say if we didn’t make them so powerful.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis angrily condemns Kanye West’s ‘abhorrent’ anti-Semitic posts: ‘I hope he gets help’

ICYMI: Rapper’s recent social media tirade caused an uproar, with many calling for the social media giants to ‘permanently ban’ him from the platforms.

Inga Parkel has the story.

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Ted Cruz attacks AOC for calling out Kanye’s anti-Semitic tweet

Republican Senator Ted Cruz criticized Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she joined a host of celebrities condemning Kanye West’s anti-Semitic remarks.

Earlier, Ms Ocasio-Cortez had taken to Twitter to criticize the rapper’s remarks, calling them “hateful and dangerous”.

The New York congresswoman wrote: “There is absolutely no room in this country or world for anti-Semitism.”

Responding to her criticism, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who frequently locks horns with Ms Ocasio-Cortez, wrote on Monday: “So you’ll be voting to censor the Squad?”

Read the full story from The Independent here:

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Indiana attorney general faces backlash after seeming to defend Kanye West

ICYMI: Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was taken to task for comments he made on Twitter on Sunday, where he appeared to defend Kanye West who he viewed as being the latest victim of a cancel culture gone awry.

“The constant hypocrisy from the media is at an all-time high. They have now gone after Kanye for his new fashion line, his independent thinking, & for having opposing thoughts from the norm of Hollywood,” tweeted the Mr Rokita on Sunday.

He later followed up that tweet in a thread and clarified that his post was in reference to Mr West’s comments about “Hollywood elite” and had nothing to do with the comments the rapper made on Saturday night that got him locked out of Twitter.

“My post was specifically and clearly aimed at the hypocrisy of the media and Hollywood elites, not anything to do with other comments. I have an obvious, clear and substantial Congressional and public record of being 100% supportive of the Jewish community and Israel,” he tweeted in a follow-up message.

Beneath Mr Rokita’s thread, however, many online began questioning the timing of the attorney general’s message of support for West, who had only hours earlier been locked from the platform for his comments.

“You came to Kanye’s defense immediately after he made anti-Semitic remarks — this isn’t complicated,” tweeted Marc Bodnick, while reporter Marisa Kabas tweeted: “hi todd! jew here. can you tell me how extreme antisemitism equals “independent thinking”?”

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman quote tweeted the attorney general and expressed her disdain at the chief legal advisor’s remarks, writing: “Regardless of what motivates Kanye West, an attorney general defending someone for a lengthy public attack on Jews is a new dimension to 2022.”

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Kanye West allegedly shows porn video to Adidas executives during meeting

Kanye West allegedly played a porn film for Adidas executives during a recent business meeting.

On Monday (10 October), the 45-year-old rapper posted a 30-minute long video titled “LAST WEEK” on YouTube.

Around the 10-minute mark, footage showed West, who legally changed his name to Ye, sitting down with Adidas executives on black stools inside an empty room.

Everyone’s faces were blurred out except for Ye’s.

In the clip, the rapper can be seen holding his phone horizontally in front of the executives while a video is played.

After a few seconds, one of the men asked: “Is this a porn movie?” to which Ye replied, “Yeah.”

“Jesus Christ,” another person commented.

Ye continued showing the video to the executives until one of them stopped him, saying: “Come on, man. Come on.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Silverman and more from Hollywood call out Kanye West’s post

ICYMI: Hollywood actors began pushing back against Kanye West’s comments over the weekend, with some taking to their own social media accounts to share how the famed rapper’s words carry meaning and can “hurt” people and potentially even “incite violence”.

“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,” tweeted American actor Jamie Lee Curtis on Sunday.

Comedian Sarah Silverman called out those in Hollywood outside of the Jewish community who they viewed were staying “silent” on West’s messages, writing: “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.”

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Elon Musk welcomed West back to Twitter shortly before the rapper was locked out of account

ICYMI: On Friday night, when Kanye West took to Twitter to put Mark Zuckerberg on notice after his Instagram account was restricted for policy violating posts, Tesla founder Elon Musk welcomed the rapper “back to Twitter”.

West had posted an old photo of himself and the Facebook founder on Twitter with a caption that asked: “How you gone kick me off instagram.”

In the comment section below, the SpaceX founder wrote back: “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!”

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Kanye West releases ‘Last Week’, 30-minute documentary of unaired footage

ICYMI: Kanye West released a 30-minute documentary on Monday morning, which shows his behind-the-scenes business dealings with Adidas executives, teases the release of new music and shows unaired footage of the rapper with his family.

In some of the clips, Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, can be seen in tense business meetings with executives and managers at Adidas about his new clothing line with the fashion label.

In another choppy sequence, the donda artist can be heard teasing new music. In one song, he raps: “You a fake b**ch/You don’t really love Ye, go listen to Drake, b**ch/You don’t have no idea what it take, b**ch/ Go listen to Lil Baby, go listen to Future, b**ch.”

Another clip shows West derailing a meeting he took with two executives at Adidas, where he appears to screen a pornographic video for the pair. The executive, who isn’t identified, attempts to maintain control of the meeting, and can he heard saying to West: “Come on.”

In a final clip, West shows an intimate family moment with his daughter North West where he is seen attending one of her basketball games.

A clip in the 30-minute film also shows the entrepreneur speaking with someone on the phone where he appears to be having conversations about brand management.

“It’s time for me to shut the f*** up for the first time, do exactly what everybody’s wanted me to do for the longest.”

Watch the full video here:

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