Kanye West Named "Antisemite Of The Year" By Watchdog Org

The non-profit organization stated that the Chicago artist has provoked "horrific antisemitic acts" with his rhetoric.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares

As the year ends, anyone who caught a Ye headline in that time is likely reflecting on his actions. StopAntisemitism, a watchdog group, named Kanye West the "antisemite of the year" after 10,000 online votes. Moreover, the title comes as a result of his controversial statements on Jewish people, the media, and Nazi Germany. While he recently lost his honorary degree, it's clear why many would give this title to the Chicago rapper.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 28: Kanye West aka Ye is seen on October 28, 2022 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by MEGA/GC Images)

In a statement to TMZ, the non-profit's Executive Director Liora Rez elaborated on the dangers of Kanye's rhetoric. Most recently, the former Adidas collaborator shared new music referencing the "Deathcon" tweet. Also, far-right commentator Alex Jones slammed his obsession with Hitler. As he continues to associate with harmful media figures and spew more misconceptions, groups like StopAntisemitism work to dispel them.

"Kanye uses his celebrity platform to push dangerous antisemitic tropes about Jews and power and he refuses to stop," Rez told TMZ. "His continuous onslaught of bigoted statements has resulted in horrific antisemitic acts perpetrated by white supremacists, Black Hebrew Israelites, and other fringe groups looking to cause Jews harm.

"Jew hatred is already out of control in the United States," she added. "The last thing we need is a celebrity like Kanye to add fuel to that fire."

Unfortunately, Kanye's "antisemite of the year" comments have caused more hateful actions against the Jewish community. For example, a group on an L.A. freeway held up a sign that read "Kanye is right about the Jews." Later, demonstrators perpetrated hateful language and allegedly gave Nazi salutes.

At face value, Kanye has pushed back on some of that, albeit once confronted by Piers Morgan in particular. Moreover, he told the TV host that he only had ill will towards Jewish people who mistreated him in the industry. However, he followed such apologies with praise for Adolf Hitler and saying Jewish people should “forgive’ him. Then, he made these statements to many far-right figures, who have either since criticized them or fueled the bigoted fire. Either way, he's not showing any sign of stopping, which only gets more dangerous.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.