Although the tweet is no longer visible on his account, screenshots shared widely on social media show that Ye had said he would go “death con 3” on “JEWISH PEOPLE”, an apparent reference to Defcon, the US military’s defense preparedness system. In the tweet, he used anti-Semitic tropes and said he couldn’t be anti-Semitic “because black people are actually Jews too.”
The action by Twitter comes after Instagram removed a post from Ye’s account and accordingly temporarily locked his account. A spokesperson for Meta, Instagram’s parent company formerly known as Facebook, said in an email that the platform “deleted content from @kanyewest for violating our policies and placed a restriction on the account. We may place restrictions on accounts that repeatedly violate our rules, for example we may temporarily restrict them from writing, commenting or sending DMs.” Screenshots of the post show Ye had posted an apparent conversation with rapper Diddy in which he used anti-Semitic tropes to claim he had been influenced by Jews.
After Ye was banned by Instagram, he took to Twitter – in a tweet that is still visible on the platform – to criticize Mark Zuckerberg, Meta’s CEO, writing: “Look at this Mark. How you gone kick me off instagram ,” along with a photo of the two together in a group.
Saturday’s posts came shortly after Ye tweeted a photo of a baseball cap labeled “2024,” an apparent reference to the 2024 presidential election. The tweets were his first since 2020, when he had tweeted, “KANYE 2024.”
Ye’s social media posts have also garnered attention from political and community figures, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) admonished him in a tweet late Sunday, writing, “There is absolutely no place in this country or the world for anti-Semitism. It’s important to see how damaging + dangerous Kanye’s words are — not just for our Jewish brothers, sisters and brothers, but also for our collective society as a whole. We must reject this … wherever we see it.”
Some on the right have come to Yes’s defense in recent days. Elon Musk – the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who is involved in a legal battle over his rejected offer, and subsequent reversalto buy Twitter – responded to his tweet about Zuckerberg, writing“Welcome back to Twitter my friend!”
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) tweeted a link to an MSNBC blog post about Ye’s recent controversies, criticizing “the media,” which he said had “gone after Kanye for his new fashion line, his independent thinking, and for having opposing thoughts from the norm for Hollywood.” He later followed up by saying that his post was “specifically and clearly directed at the hypocrisy of the media and Hollywood elites, nothing to do with other comments. I have a clear, clear and substantial congressional and public record of being 100 % supportive of the Jewish community and Israel.”
The blog post centered on widespread backlash to Ye’s display at last week’s Paris Fashion Week of a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “WHITE LIVES MATTER.” The term, a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, has ties to neo-Nazi and white-supremacist groups, according to to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The shirt prompted Adidas, which has collaborated with Ye on shoe and clothing lines, to reevaluate its partnership with him. Adidas said in a announcement to various news outlets that “after repeated efforts to resolve the situation privately, we have made the decision to put the partnership under review.”
Representatives for Ye could not be reached for comment Sunday evening.
The controversies have revived discussions about Ye’s documented matches with bipolar disorder, and in turn the limits of what can be explained by mental illness. “Please don’t let Kanye’s behavior mischaracterize bipolar disorder as something that inherently causes us to act so horribly,” said Cameron Kasky, a gun control advocate who has spoken publicly about having bipolar disorder. Twitter. “There are ups and downs, but bipolar disorder doesn’t restructure your core values” into something harmful, he said.