(RELATED) Adidas ends collaboration with Kanye West amid anti-Semitism backlash
Speculation is mounting over whether Kanye West will be welcomed back to Twitter after Elon Musk – a self-proclaimed “free speech absolute” – successfully took over the social media platform.
Earlier this week, a former executive who used to work with West claimed he had an open “obsession” with Adolf Hitler and used to recall the “great things” he and the Nazi Party did for Germany, CNN reported.
The executive, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, and other sources told the channel how West, who legally changed his name to Ye, once floated the idea of naming an album after Hitler.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to amass so much power and would talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party accomplished for the German people,” the individual claimed.
Earlier this week, Ye returned to his restored Instagram account after being banned for sharing anti-Semitic comments.
The rapper posted a series of messages that released Endeavor CEO Ari Emmanuel and 50 Cent, among others.
Kanye West’s $2 billion net worth doesn’t exist without Adidas. Is it finally over for him?
In recent weeks, a flood of companies have cut ties with Kanye West amid a whirlwind of controversy engulfing the 45-year-old rapper and fashion designer.
West received backlash when he wore a White Lives Matter shirt at his Yeezy Season 9 show at Paris Fashion Week in early October.
Then on social media, West threatened to go “death row 3 on Jewish people”, before doubling down on a series of anti-Semitic remarks.
On Tuesday morning, Adidas became the latest company to join the exodus when it announced the end of its partnership with West. It marked what is widely seen as the biggest financial blow for the rapper, who declared just days ago that the brand “can’t let me go”.
Forbes had estimated West’s net worth at $2 billion with most of the wealth tied up in Yeezy, for which he earns an estimated $220 million annually as part of his production deal with Adidas.
Here, Bevan Hurley breaks down what the future of West’s empire will look like in the wake of his latest controversy.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 29, 2022 01:05
ICYMI: Kanye West’s Donda Academy closes as fallout from anti-Semitic comments grows
Kanye West’s Donda Academy is the latest victim of the fallout from the rapper’s anti-Semitic comments: The non-accredited K-8 private Christian school notified parents it would close.
The California private school’s principal sent an email to parents and guardians Wednesday night saying “there is no school tomorrow.” The times first reported.
“At the discretion of our founder, Donda Academy will close for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year effective immediately,” Principal Jason Angell wrote in the emailed statement.
The Simi Valley school’s principal added that these closures were not permanent and intend to “start over in September 2023.”
The Independent has more information here.
Johanna Chisholm29 October 2022 00:05
ICYMI: These are brands and companies that will no longer be working with Kanye West
Kanye West is facing an intense backlash over his recent anti-Semitic comments, with a number of companies and brands announcing they will no longer do business with the rapper or his Yeezy brand.
But despite having limited access to his social media accounts in recent weeks, the Yeezy founder has continued to express anti-Semitic views in interviews, including in a since-deleted interview with Drink Champs podcast, where he claimed he could make anti-Semitic comments and still have the support of his longtime partner Adidas.
West has since been proven wrong, as a number of companies, including Adidas, have announced they will no longer work with him going forward, while also condemning his statements.
From Adidas to The RealReal, these are the companies that have cut ties with West.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 28, 2022 11:05 p.m
ICYMI: Former CEO Claims Kanye West Had Hitler ‘Obsession’ And Admired Nazis, Report Says
A former manager who used to work with Kanye West claims the rapper had an open “obsession” with Adolf Hitler and used to remember the “great things” the Nazi Party did for Germany, CNN reported.
The executive, who spoke to CNN on condition of anonymity, discussed how West, who legally changed his name to Ye, had created a hostile environment during his time working with the 45-year-old, in part due to his obsession with the leader of the nazi party.
“He would praise Hitler by saying how incredible it was that he was able to amass so much power and would talk about all the great things he and the Nazi Party accomplished for the German people,” the person told CNN.
The independent has reached out to West for comment on the allegations in the CNN report but did not hear back prior to publication.
Get all the details with The independent here.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 28, 2022 10:05 p.m
The most wanted Halloween costumes for 2022 include Kanye West, Batman and Stranger Things
A recent UK survey has revealed that the most wanted Halloween costumes for 2022 include none other than struggling rapper Kanye West.
A survey of 2,000 adults also found that Will Smith, Lady Gaga and Pete Davidson are among the ‘go-to’ looks.
Marvel characters were popular, including Spiderman, Dr Strange and Black Widow.
The independent have all the details on the best costumes for Halloween this year right here.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 28, 2022 9:05 p.m
Quentin Tarantino says Kanye West approached him about a “very funny” slave-themed music video
Quentin Tarantino has addressed Kanye West’s claims that he stole the idea Django Unchained from him.
The director — who won an Oscar for best original screenplay for the 2012 film — guested on Thursday’s (Oct. 27) episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, during which he directly addressed West’s allegations.
West said he pitched a slavery-themed story for the video, which never materialized.
In part of his response to Kimmel about the accusation, Tarantino had this to say: “I had the idea Django a while before I ever met Kanye.”
Annabel Nugent has Tarantino’s full comments for the late night host here.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 28, 2022 8:05 p.m
What did Kanye West originally do to get banned from Instagram and Twitter?
Although it was unclear whether he was still banned from his Twitter account on Friday, Kanye West has experienced an onslaught of backlash after he made a series of anti-Semitic comments during interviews and on social media.
The rapper, who has been involved in various controversies over the years, has been dropped by both Adidas and Balenciaga for the “hateful and dangerous” comments. A number of other celebrities have also condemned his behaviour.
Track the latest controversy, The Independent’s Isobel Lewis breaks down where this all started and what has happened since the first incident at Paris Fashion Week, when he and right-wing commentator Candace Owens wore “White Lives Matter” t-shirts.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 28, 2022 7:05 p.m
Twitter will not comment on the future of Kanye West’s account after Elon Musk’s takeover
Twitter has not commented on the status of Kanye West’s account amid unverified reports that he had regained access after weeks of being banned for posting anti-Semitic messages earlier this month.
Rumors that he had been let back onto the site swirled on Friday morning, just hours after Elon Musk successfully took over the social media platform for $44 billion, a move many speculated would lead to previously suspended and locked accounts being made available by the self-described free speech absolute.
It seemed like a good omen that on Wednesday night the 45-year-old rapper had seen Instagram reverse the ban on his account, his preferred platform for posting. He had previously lost access to posts on both social media platforms earlier this month for sharing separate anti-Semitic posts that violated each company’s terms of service.
Speculation about the status of West’s Twitter account began to grow on Friday when some outlets began reporting that his account had been suspended, which was false because the rapper had only been restricted from posting and using his account.
Keep track of the latest here with The Independent’s full report.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 28, 2022 6:07 p.m
ICYMI: Kanye West returns to Instagram after ban despite nearly a dozen brands dropping him for anti-Semitism
Kanye West returned to Instagram after a ban from the platform and a slew of brands cutting partnerships with the rapper over the anti-Semitic comments he posted earlier this month.
Late Wednesday night, West, who legally changed his name to Ye, posted again on his Instagram. He had been blocked from doing so for weeks since the social media platform and Twitter locked him out of his accounts for sharing separate anti-Semitic posts that violated each company’s terms of service.
In an Instagram story and accompanying post shared on Oct. 26, West appeared to address the latest fallout with Adidas and Gap, two of the major commercial partners who have ended their business relationship with him in recent weeks.
West shared an alleged screenshot of a text conversation with “Quinn Emmanuel,” likely referring to Quinn Emanuel and Stradley Ronon attorneys who previously worked for West on his Gap partnership.
“At adidas, you can start making new designs for shoes, apparel and accessories immediately,” the text read. “As for Gap, the non-compete clause expires on December 15, 2022.”
Johanna Chisholm has the details below.
Johanna ChisholmOctober 28, 2022 6:05 p.m
Mixed reactions to confusion over the status of Kanye West’s Twitter account
Confusion over the status of Kanye West’s Twitter account — with unverified reports suggesting he may have been reinstated — led to an almost equal chorus of celebration (via fans, free speech activists and far-right agitators) and condemnation (via everyone else).
“Elon’s first move on his first day is to bring back Kanye West. Is Twitter’s new motto ‘making anti-Semitism great again’?” observed one Twitter user, while another in their camp tweeted: “Twitter: Under New and Anti-Semitic Management.”
The Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs, an advocacy group of Jewish federations across Canada, had a more ominous warning about the reports that the formerly locked-out rapper may be back on the social media platform.
“We are deeply concerned by this development. If social media platforms are not interested in fighting anti-Semitism and racism online, the government must step in with legislation. We cannot continue to allow anti-Semitism to be given a platform,” the group tweeted.
On the other side of the spectrum, comments were much more enthusiastic about the 45-year-old’s potential return to the microblogging site.
“It’s happening folks! @Kanye West is back on TWITTER!!!” tweeted Lavern Spicer, a Republican who ran for the US House to represent Florida’s 24th congressional district and lost this summer
Others took his eventual return as a positive sign that former US President Donald Trump could also return to his once-preferred social media platform.
Tweets like “Waiting for our Trumpooo…” and “please announce Kanye West and Donald Trump as Co-CEOs of Twitter!” quickly began to circulate when the news broke that Donna artist would potentially return to the microblogging site.
Megan SheetsOctober 28, 2022 4:56 p.m
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