Kanye West comments on the consequences of his anti-Semitic remarks
After a week of financial turmoil following anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews, Kanye West is commenting on those thoughts, as well as what he said about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.
In a raunchy 16-minute video he shares WmgLab Records on YouTube On Saturday and apparently filmed at some point after Adidas ended its business relationship with West on Tuesday, the artist appears to address a crowd of paparazzi and passers-by gathered outside the building as he exits.
“I think Adidas felt like because they all ganged up on me that they had the right to just take my designs,” West told the small crowd.
“I feel like God is humbling me right now,” he continued. “Because two things happen. A lot of times if I said ‘I’m the richest black man’ that would be a defense I would use to talk about mental health. …What’s happening right now is that I’m humiliated.”
West further referred to the reaction to his proposal of ua recent podcast interview about the death of George Floyd caused by the use of fentanyl.
“When the idea of Black Lives Matter came up, it made us come together as a people,” he said. “Well, I said that and I questioned the death of George Floyd, it hurt my people. It hurt Black people. So, I want to apologize for hurting them [sic] because now God has shown me by what Adidas is doing, and by what the media is doing, I know what it feels like to have a knee on the neck. So I thank you, God, for humbling me and letting me know how I really felt. Because how could the richest black man ever be humiliated except to make him not be a billionaire in front of everyone without comment.”
West also discussed his “exhaustion” caused by the reaction to wearing a MAGA hat being “misdiagnosed” as a mental health disorder and his refusal to take medication that he said would put him “one pill” away from Michael Jackson or Prince.
“At a time like this, if I was on medication right now, then one pill could have been switched, and it would have been Michael Jackson or Prince again,” West said.
He also compared himself to Emmett Tillwho was brutally lynched in 1955 at the age of 14, and sometimes said he felt like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I’m just not worried. Period,” West said in response to someone in the crowd who asked him if he was worried about ruining his legacy. “God lives.”
Anti-Semitic protesters referenced the West in signs erected in Los Angeles last weekend and Jacksonville, Florida this weekend. In the video, West did not apologize for his anti-Semitic remarks, but appeared to try to distance himself from any “hate group.”
“I have no affiliation with any hate group,” West said as he finished his words in prayer. “If any hatred happens to any Jewish woman, it is unrelated (gestures to himself), because I demand that all walk in love.”
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