Kanye West Responds to Accusations of Anti-Semitism, Says He Was Paying Jewish People an "Ignorant Compliment"
Published Dec 20, 2013It seems as if Kanye West has ruffled even more feathers than usual lately. Last month, A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip condemned him for using confederate imagery in his merch, and now Yeezy has responded to accusations of anti-Semitism.
Speaking with New York's Power 105.1 FM on November 26, West discussed President Barack Obama and said, "Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people." (Watch that interview below.)
The Anti-Defamation League responded soon after, with national director Abraham H. Foxman saying in a statement, "If the comments are true as reported, this is classic anti-Semitism. There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government."
Now, West offered a rebuttal when interviewed by Chicago's B96. When asked if there was anything he regretted saying, West brought up his prior comments on Jewish people, reflecting, "I thought that I wasn't giving a compliment, but if anything, it came off more ignorant."
He added that he wished that he could retract the original statement.
Calling his remarks an "ignorant compliment," West joked about the issue, adding, "I don't know how being told that you have money is an insult. That would be like if somebody complimented black guys and said, 'All black guys got big penises.' You don't want to be the black guy that raises your hand, like, 'That's not true. I got proof.'"
Listen to West's latest words right here; he brings up the issue around the five-minute mark of the third interview clip.