On Friday (3.,24) Kanye West returned to social media to declare that, because of Jonah Hill’s performance in the movie 21 Jump Street, he “likes Jewish people again.”
For his very first Instagram post of the year since a barrage of antisemitic tirades got him booted from social media, West wrote, “Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again.”
Kanye subsequently thanked Hill’s performance in a comedy reboot of an 80s TV cop drama for his epiphany, “Thank you Jonah Hill I love you.”
In October, West sparked the stream of controversy at his Yeezy fashion show when he wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt. Since then, he’s accused the “Jewish media” of censoring him and having an agenda against him. After threatening to go “death con 3 on Jewish people,” several companies cut ties with the musician including JP Morgan Chase, CAA, Vogue, Balenciaga and, most notably, Adidas, who terminated their billion-dollar deal with the rapper.
In February, the Anti-Defamation League released a document of dozens of acts of vandalism, harassment and intimidation organized under the “Ye is right” slogan. “Kanye West’s repeated antisemitic remarks – and his dredging up some of the worst anti-Jewish tropes imaginable — are inspiring people to commit real-world acts of hate,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL’s CEO. Antisemitic tweets referencing the “Ye is Right” slogan also reached nearly 5 million users of the platform.