Hollywood talent agency CAA cuts ties with Kanye West after anti-Semitic tirade
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11:22 on October 24, 2022: An earlier version of this article said Adidas had cut ties with Ye. The company said it is under review.
The fallout facing the rapper formerly known as Kanye West has continued to mount as one of Hollywood’s biggest agencies has dropped his representation.
CAA cut ties with Ye this month after his recent anti-Semitic outbursts in various interviews, according to an insider who was not authorized to speak publicly.
CAA is latest business to terminate or suspend their relationship with a rapper over it remarks. Other top entertainment figures, including Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel, called on all companies that work with the musician to cut ties with him after he tweeted that he wanted to go on a “death con 3” on Jews.
“Those who continue to do business with West are giving an audience to his misdirected hatred,” Emanuel wrote in a recent the opinion of the piece in the Financial Times. “There should be no tolerance for Western anti-Semitism anywhere.”
Emanuel called on Apple and Spotify to stop streaming Ye’s music and on Parler not to sell to him. A right-wing social media platform recently announced that she entered into an agreement to sell the company to West.
In his op-ed, Emanuel noted that WME clients LeBron James and Maverick Carter canceled an episode of “The Shop: Uninterrupted” because Ye “continued to repeat dangerous stereotypes during filming.”
Emanuel’s stance drew support from his colleagues. On Sunday, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer sent a message to staff “asking to support the Kanye West boycott.”
“As a company we stand for a broad diversity of voices and ideas,” Zimmer wrote. “But we cannot support hate speech, bigotry or anti-Semitism.”
Other Hollywood companies also severed business ties with the musician.
On Monday, film and TV producer MRC said it was not continuing to distribute its documentary about Ye.
“We cannot support any content that reinforces its platform,” MRC executives said in a statement. “The silence of leaders and corporations when it comes to Kanye or anti-Semitism in general is frightening, but not surprising. What is new and sad is the fear of Jews to speak out in their own defense.”
Citing a Los Angeles Times story on local hate group demonstrations The White House also spoke out in support of Ye’s anti-Semitic remarks.
“[email protected] ran to heal the nation’s soul after years of hatred and division,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre he wrote in a tweet. “As part of this healing, we must call out anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head. These actions in LA are abhorrent and should be condemned.”
Ye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian called Monday morning for an end to the anti-Semitic rhetoric without directly calling out her ex-husband.
“Hate speech is never okay or justified,” reality star the tweet said. “I stand with the Jewish community and call for an immediate end to the horrific violence and hateful rhetoric against them.”
Ye has remained in demand in recent years despite flirting with far-right politics and engaging in verbal attacks on performers such as Pete Davidson. His recent appearances with Candace Owens and Tucker Carlson, and provocations like wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt, have proven too controversial for some businesses to handle.
Ye’s outbursts in the past have often been justified, in part, because of his struggle with what he said was a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
But his voicing of anti-Semitic views in a series of interviews almost came to that impossible for companies to defend working with him, prompting some brands such as Adidas to reconsider their relationship with the rapper. You were suspended from Instagram and Twitter earlier this month.
Balenciagaa close fashion collaborator with Ye, cut ties with the artist, who previously cut ties with JP Morgan and Gap.
His contract with longtime record label Def Jam has reportedly also come to an end.
You have been with CAA since 2016, after leaving the agency for a year in 2015 at UTA.
A representative for Ye could not immediately be reached for comment.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
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