In a stunning reversal of his previous stance, Ye took to Instagram over the weekend to declare his newfound appreciation for the Jewish community, citing the 2012 film “21 Jump Street” as the catalyst for his change of heart.
The 45-year-old artist, previously known as Kanye West, stated that watching the comedy flick featuring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum made him “like Jewish people again.” In his post, Ye expressed that no one should generalize hatred towards an entire group of innocent people due to the actions of a few individuals.
The post marks a significant shift in Ye’s attitude towards the Jewish community, especially after his previous statements on social media and in interviews caused him to lose deals with major companies and labels like Adidas, Balenciaga, and Gap. Ye was also dropped by his talent agency, The Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and even his social media accounts were locked after his anti-Semitic remarks.
Back in October, Ye caused an uproar when he tweeted about going “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” referencing the U.S. defense readiness condition scale known as DEFCON. Ye’s past statements include praising Adolf Hitler, questioning whether slavery was a choice, and calling the COVID-19 vaccine the “mark of the beast.” He even wore a “White Lives Matter” t-shirt to his Yeezy collection show in Paris, which sparked outrage.
At the time, Ye’s remarks were met with widespread condemnation, with demonstrators in Los Angeles even unfurling a banner in support of his anti-Semitic comments. Celebrities and people on social media voiced their support for the Jewish community, and Ye lost several high-profile deals.
However, in his recent Instagram post, Ye expressed his love for the Jewish community and thanked Jonah Hill for his role in the film. So far, no response has come from anyone involved in “21 Jump Street.”