SAG-AFTRA Condemns Kanye West For Antisemitic Comments: “Often A Precursor To Violence”

SAG-AFTRA Believe in free speech, but not hate speech. On Friday, the Sangh took the rare step of condemning one of its own members. youwere previously known Kanye West – For making antisemitic statements,

“I love Hitler,” the Grammy-winning rapper recently said on a right-wing talk show, adding, “I love the Jewish people, but I love Nazis, too.” He too tweeted in october that he would go to “Death Case 3 on the Jewish People”.

“SAG-AFTRA condemns and condemns the anti-Semitic statements being made by Ye, formerly known as Kanye West,” the guild said in a statement. “The use of antisemitic imagery and tropes by high-profile individuals on social media and elsewhere is not harmless rant. It’s ignorant, disgusting and has real world consequences. These tired stereotypes spread by others serve to further divide us as a country and discredit us as a society.

related: Kanye West’s antisemitic messages were condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and The Black Jewish Entertainment Alliance

“The use of hate speech and hateful images is often a precursor to violence. The normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitic and racist views has resulted in an increase in violence against Jewish people and organizations in this country and elsewhere. Such attitudes and statements are unacceptable by anyone and SAG-AFTRA stands with and supports the Jewish community in fighting against prejudice, hate speech and threats of violence from any source.

“You need only look back less than a century to see what happens when antisemitic ideas are allowed to spread unchecked. We say, never again.