Kanye West – Universal Music Group Seemingly Addresses Rapper’s Controversial Comments About Jewish Media Following ‘Drink Champs’ Interview: There Is No Place For Antisemitism
Billionaire mogul Kanye “Ye” West’s affiliates are continuing to distance themselves from his recent comments.
Subsequent receiving intense backlash from the musician’s now-removed Drink Champs interview, Universal Music Group, who has long-standing ties with the artist, released a social media post condemning antisemitism. The major record label seemingly denounced Ye’s comments, though never specifically mentioning his name. UMG’s address comes days after the 44-year-old Yeezy founder doubled down on claims that “Jews who control the media” are working to silence him, and are pushing detrimental agenda’s on Black people.
Kanye West: “The Jewish media blocked me out. This shit lit right?”
Oh snap. 2022 Ye a different breed. pic.twitter.com/SBGP5QPko7
— An0maly (@LegendaryEnergy) October 16, 2022
The major music company, who is the parent of Ye’s former label Def Jam records, wrote in the statement:
“There is no place for antisemitism in our society. We are deeply committed to combating antisemitism and every other form of prejudice. We’re proud to continue our partnership with @AJCGlobal to educate about anti-Jewish hate & how to combat it.”
Reports state that UMG is currently in an ongoing professional relationship with the American Jewish Committee, and have been since April of this year. During the recently removed 3-hour interview with fellow rapper N.O.R.E., Ye made several claims that were highly criticized by the masses. Much of the conversation surrounded the Grammy-winning artist’s theories on the secret agendas of “Jewish Media,” and how they intentionally aid in the oppression of Black people.
Additionally, the Donda artist stated his opinions about the tragic death of George Floyd, making comments many have labeled “dangerous misinformation.” If you recall, in 2020 Floyd was recorded on video dying under the knee of a police officer who is now serving jail time for the incident. Ye claimed a documentary made by known conservative Candace Owens proved that the late Minneapolis resident died by a Fentanyl overdose and not by strangulation as the media previously suggested.
Despite the statement, the report also notes that Ye is currently not under contract with UMG. Reportedly, his contractual agreement with Def Jam was completed with the release of his 10th studio album Donda. It’s noted, however, they will remain tied as UMG will continue to manage his catalog. With his recent controversies, it’s unclear if the record company or Ye intends to enter any other partnerships now or in the future.
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