Kanye West’s reputation is all falling down

Kanye’s anti-Semitic remarks on Twitter in early October have put him under yet another controversy, but this time there is no redeeming himself.


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The war within Kanye West seems to be getting worse

Roman Pallotto, Editor in Chief

On October 8, Ye, formally known as Kanye West, willfully decided to tweet hateful remarks condemning Jewish people. In the infamous tweet he stated he was ready to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.” Not only did this cause an uproar on social media, but it also locked him out of his Twitter account, ceased contracts between billion dollar companies and caused the minute amount of positive reputation he still had left to dissipate. 

This is not his first rodeo with controversies. In early October, Ye was seen wearing a “White Lives Matter” T-shirt to Paris Fashion Week. In the past he has also proposed that slavery may have been a choice, publicly questioned Taylor Swift’s Best Female Video award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, compared Queen Elizabeth’s death to losing his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and much more. 

In regards to his anti-Semitic tweet, billion dollar companies have not allowed the statement to slip by. Organizations and companies such as JP Morgan Chase, Balenciaga, Vogue, Gap, Skechers and more have all severed ties with the rapper. However, Ye’s biggest loss was with the design company Adidas. The company suffered a loss of 246 million dollars while Ye’s share of the relationship plummeted from about $1.5 billion dollars. His former net worth according to Forbes was around $2 billion overall. With the termination of Ye and Adidas’s partnership, Forbes removed him from their Billionaires’ list. 

Big corporations weren’t the only people to have something to say though. Numerous celebrities were enraged by his remarks that they took to social media to speak out about anti-Semitism. Actors Josh Gad, Reese Witherspoon, Florence Pugh, Kylie Jenner and Amy Schumer have all shown support for the Jewish community after Ye’s statements. 

One celebrity however who has shown the utmost distaste for Ye’s tweets was “Halloween Ends” actress, Jamie Lee Curtis. While discussing her new horror movie on the “Today Show” she was asked about Ye’s recent anti-Semitic tweets. 

“I woke up and burst into tears. Defcon on Jewish people? What are you doing?” she said. That clip of her was not only on public television, but also being spread around multiple social media platforms, such as TikTok and Instagram. 

People on social media yearned to hear something from the Kardashians, specifically Kim. Tensions arose after almost two weeks passed without seeing her post on social media. The internet was feuding, with many people angry of her absence in the situation and with others defending her claiming that she should not have to denounce the actions of her former spouse. On October 24, Kim Kardashian finally spoke out about Ye’s hateful comments. 

“Hate speech is never OK or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end,” Kardashian tweeted. 

All of these celebrities have discussed the impact his tweets have on people. He is a celebrity with a following of millions. There are potentially people out there who will treat what he says a bit too seriously. Even students at RV claim to feel uneasy about what Ye tweets. 

“Personally, it made me really upset because I used to be a huge fan of his before this and seeing how he impacted the Jewish community from his tweets made me really anxious, especially since he has a huge fanbase too,” said RV senior Grace Loehr.  

In recent weeks, various groups of people have been spreading hate towards the Jewish community in Los Angeles because of Ye’s tweets. Reports of a banner on a highway while demonstrators gave Nazi salutes reading, “Honk if you know Kanye is right about the Jews.” Fliers being left on people’s cars claiming that Jewish people control the Biden administration and the LGBTQ rights movements. Even more fliers in L.A. escalating the anti-Semitic notion by accusing Jewish people of causing the COVID-19 pandemic and effects to further a Jewish “agenda.” 

When will all of this end? Someone like Kanye should be the last person to spread horrific messages around on social media. His tweets have caused a movement for people to feel comfortable hating other communities. More repercussions need to be put into effect to put an end to hate speech. 

Amid the avalanche of backlash Ye received, his school, Donda Academy, was scheduled to shut down effective immediately on October 27 and for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year. However, just after four hours of being declared closed, the school emailed parents and staff again saying they were to reopen “with a vengeance.” 

Are these antics to be blamed on his mental health? It is certainly obvious that he needs to seek serious help following the posts of these tweets. However, I do not think assistance for Kanye is to come in the near future. He is at the point where nobody can discuss with him methods on how to step into the right direction mentally and physically. He must do it on his own and with the direction things are going now, that is not  happening soon. Another documentary is not going to help us sympathize with him this time.