Just when you think Kanye West’s behavior can’t get any more outlandish, he tops himself. After he was recently seen wearing a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt to Paris fashion week, “Ye” has continued his racist behavior with recent tweets targeting the Jewish community. When rapper Diddy called West out on instagram for his controversial shirt, West launched into a rant against him, accusing him of being controlled by Jewish people and was subsequently temporarily banned from social media. West then returned to social media and announced on Twitter plans to go “death con 3 on Jewish people” before being locked out of his account for a second time for hate speech.
While this is only one of many times West has gone on wild internet rants, this round of tweets has caused a particular stir in Hollywood for its hatefulness. A number of both Jewish and non-Jewish celebrities have stepped up to publicly condemn his remarks.
8/8 Sarah Silverman
Jewish comedian, actress and writer Sarah Silverman took to Twitter to express her disappointment in both West’s statements and the public response. She continued to urge non-Jewish people, especially white people, to speak out against Jewish hatred more frequently.
7/8 Piers Morgan
British broadcaster and journalist Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to defend the platform’s suspension of West in response to his remarks. While Piers Morgan is no stranger to stirring up celebrity controversy or even to criticizing Kanye West, this time he had a very serious message for his followers and West’s defenders, stating that “if you don’t see the problem” with West’s tweets, “you’re part of the problem.”
6/8 Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis also made a point to criticize West for his recent statements as well as the timing of his hate speech, which took place just days after Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. West’s statement’s hit particularly close to home for Curtis, whose father was Jewish. Curtis even went on to discuss the issue during her appearance on the Today Show where she got emotional, saying she “burst into tears” over the incident.
5/8 Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is no stranger to Kanye West’s strange internet rants. Standing against West’s recent behavior and expressing her support for her former Scream Queens co-star Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Grande reposted the Today Show video of Curtis addressing the issue as well as other tweets criticizing West on her Instagram story.
4/8 John Legend
Singer and songwriter John Legend also spoke out against Kanye West’s latest behavior in a tweet condemning both the anti-Blackness shown by West’s Paris Fashion Week “White Lives Matter” shirt and his antisemitism in his recent Twitter rants. This comes just over a month after Legend clarified in an interview with The New Yorker that he has no longer maintained a close friendship with West ever since they developed to political differences surrounding the 2020 election.
3/8 Billy Baldwin
Actor Billy Baldwin tweeted about the severity of West’s words, explaining that the implications of his tweets are deeper than some may realize. Billy is also not the only member of the Baldwin family to get in the middle of Kanye West controversy lately; just days earlier West accused his niece Hailey Bieber of getting a nose job after she defended Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson’s condemnation of West’s “White Lives Matter” shirt.
2/8 Alan Tudyk
Actor and voice actor Alan Tudyk addressed the common response of writing off West’s remarks as mental illness, reminding his followers that regardless of why West’s remarks are being said, people are still defending his hate speech and taking encouragement from it.
1/8 Mandy Moore
Singer and actress Mandy Moore responded to West’s behavior by reposting an image of a tweet from the Anti-Defamation League’s director of community engagement Carly Pildisto on her Instagram story. In the tweet Pildisto reminded people that “Kanye West has more Twitter followers than there are Jews in the world” and that “His actions are extremely dangerous and must be called out.” Underneath the reposted tweet, Moore added her own comments on the issue saying, “It’s time for people to stop saying that man in a genius,” and that “words matter.”