Jewish comedian, David Baddiel, has said he considers American rapper, Kanye West, to be a racist, stressing that allowing the latter to start tweeting again would be “dangerous for Jews” and “dangerous for his children.
Baddiel, in an interview, said: “Kanye being let back onto that platform seems to be part of Elon Musk trying to make (it) less dominated by the progressive left,” he told the Beth Rigby Interviews programme.
“I’m not bothered about those arguments. I’m bothered about what is dangerous for Jews. What is dangerous for my children. I do think it’s dangerous. I think it’s actively dangerous.”
West is currently suspended from Twitter for tweeting an image of a swastika hours after praising Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler.
The musician, 45, posted the grossly offensive image only two weeks after being allowed back on the site following a previous ban.
Baddiel said he understood why Twitter owner Elon Musk might consider another reprieve for the rapper.
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Regarding West’s motivation, Baddiel said antisemitism is “often seen by people as punching up”.
He continued: “So they don’t see it as racism, because what they see is that Jews are powerful.
“So Kanye will say things like, Jews are in control of the music business, I’m finally throwing off the shackles of how Jews won’t let me speak about this, because they’re in control.”
West has previously accused record producer Sean “Diddy” Combs of being controlled by “the Jewish people” in a post on Instagram.
Baddiel added: “It comes from a sense of, this is a rebel yell against a race that is controlling us, and the problem with that is it doesn’t sound like a far-right person saying ‘look at these scum, I’m just going to kill them’.
“It sounds like someone fighting the good fight. And that is actually what Hitler, who Kanye has said he’s an admirer of, that is also how Hitler sounded to some people.”
In an interview with the conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, West said: “I like Hitler.”
According to Baddiel, West, who was formerly married to Kim Kardashian, retains the ability to influence people,
Baddiel said. “Kanye West, because he’s a brilliant hip-hop artist, has got a really powerful voice.”
Asked whether West is racist, Baddiel said: “I think what he said is antisemitic. And I think antisemitism is racism. Yes.”
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) recalls that Adidas had ended its partnership with the rapper (West) over his ‘hateful and dangerous comments.