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Kanye is still a mess

by The Grio

Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

I can’t with Kanye. The man can’t open his mouth without being offensive. Have you heard his latest one? On Instagram, he said, “Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again.” I want to facepalm so hard. Why couldn’t he have continued to remain silent? He does so well when he doesn’t talk. He just got finished ruining his gigantic Adidas deal, thus losing billionaire status, and he’s still like this? His antisemitism had real-world consequences for other people — the Anti-Defamation League counted “at least 30 antisemitic incidents that directly reference Ye.” Maybe Kanye has what my dad used to call foot-in-mouth disease. When you suffer from that, every time you open your mouth, you put your foot in it. 

There are so many things wrong with this little post of Kanye’s. It would be one thing if he said he watched “Schindler’s List” or “Triumph of the Spirit” or even “Jojo Rabbit,” and after one of those films took him deeper into Jewish culture or history than he had ever been, he would have gained a new perspective on what Jewish people went through during the Holocaust. But no, he’s saying he changed his mind because of a basic Hollywood bro comedy. That makes the whole sentiment feel flippant. He was exuberantly pro-Hitler just a few months ago, but watching Jonah Hill in a silly cop buddy flick has changed his mind about the entire community? What?

In the post, Kanye also said, “No one should take anger against one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people.” True, but also duh. Kanye isn’t…

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