Famous figures accused of anti-Semitism

Kanye West unleashes anti-Semitic tirade in Alex Jones interview

Stars Insider

02/12/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Bigotry

Anti-Semitism is one of the oldest forms of hate in human history. Discrimination against the Jewish people is most often associated with World War II and the Holocaust, but the ideologies at the center of Nazism can be traced back centuries. This deep-rooted prejudice in society is still prevalent today, even in a time when any form of bigotry is supposedly unacceptable. This has become more clear in recent years with the rise of the far right and conspiracy theories that there is an international Jewish plot to dominate the world. And these shocking views have been shared by a surprising number of public figures from the past and present.

The most worrying case is that of Kanye "Ye" West. Seen as one of the best rappers of his generation and a former billionaire, his fall of grace has been meteoric. West is known to struggle with bipolar disorder which might explain his erratic behavior in recent years, culminating in a recent tirade of anti-Semitism in interviews and on social media. In a time when Elon Musk promises freedom of speech on Twitter and even unsuspended Donald Trump's account, West was served a 12-hour ban for posting an image of a swastika inside a Star of David. 

The incredibly offensive post came shortly after a disastrous interview on 'InfoWars,' a show notorious for spreading far-right conspiracy theories and fake news. He made comments like 'I like Hitler' and expressed pro-Nazi views that shocked even Alex Jones. “We got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time,” he said, going on to claim that zionists are possessed by Satan. Later in the interview, he claimed that his love extends to all; “I love Jewish people, but I also love Nazis.” He accused the "Jewish media" of censoring him, along with a host of other offensive theories and comments in his hour-long anti-Semitic rant. 

Click through for a rundown of the most famous faces to be accused of anti-Semitism, from Oscar-winning actors to powerful politicians.

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