UPDATE: Kanye responded to accusations of anti-semitism in a radio interview on 12/18: “I don’t know how being told that you have money is like an insult. That would be like if somebody complimented black guys and said, ‘All black guys have big penises.’ You don’t want to be the black guy who raises his hand and says like, ‘That’s not true. I have proof!'”
A lot of people have offended Kanye West this year — Jimmy Kimmel, YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley, and Nike CEO Mark Parker among them — and in turn, Kanye has pissed off a few people, too. You can now add the Anti-Defamation League to that number, thanks to some comments from one of Yeezy’s many recent radio interviews.
In his interview with Power 105.1’s morning show, The Breakfast Club, Kanye offered these comments on President Obama:
Lemme tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People wanna say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing … that’s ’cause he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people!
This is classic anti-Semitism. There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.
Earlier in the same interview, when talking about Roc-A-Fella Kanye said, “We ain’t Jewish. We don’t got family that got money like that. The rappers became the new family.”