Kanye West is take full advantage of the “free speech” haven that Parler has continued to sow (post more anti-Semitic comments) without actually reaping (with any consequences).
The rapper first started using Parler a few weeks ago after it was announced that he was planning to purchase the right-wing social media app following his suspension from both Instagram and Twitter. But despite his imminent stake in the company, Ye only posted sporadically for the first few days—until he was rebooted from Instagram over the weekend, at least.
So how did West make his big return to Parler? By continuing to spout indefensible hate speech, of course. In fact, he shared the same insulting photo that got him booted off Instagram in the first place: a screenshot of a text conversation with Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul who has faced numerous rape and sexual assault allegations (which he’s denied). After Simmons suggested that West go abroad to rebuild his empire, West replied, “I’m staying in America. I have to get the Jewish businessmen to make the contracts fair. Or die trying.”
West captioned it: “I got kicked off Instagram for 30 days for telling Russell Simmons I’d make sure ‘you know who’ has better contracts and business practices. Jesus is king.”
A few hours later, West turned his attention to his former child custody attorney, Robert Cohen. In his first post, West appeared to accuse Cohen of making a racist remark during their first meeting. West said he asked Cohen why a black woman was present at the meeting and claimed, “[Cohen] Chris Rock replied that I should hire someone black. He didn’t say she was a great lawyer. He just said I hired her because she was black.’
West then claimed that during their “last and final meeting” Cohen told him that he would lose custody of his children if he continued to make anti-Semitic statements. West wrote, “So let me set this straight. If I complain about Jewish business practices, it’s considered anti-Semitic. So my child custody attorney basically told me that if you complain that you’ve done things wrong, you lose custody of your children. And this was the man on my side.”
Cohen didn’t return right away rolling stone‘s request for comment.
West’s post spree also included a literal definition of anti-Semitism (not exactly clear what he was trying to prove by that), as well as a message expressing disappointment at one of his own hip-hop heroes and former collaborators, Q-Tip, who shared a statement of support with the Jewish people in the wake of West’s abusive comments. That expression of solidarity with a community that the West has consistently demonized over the past month, rather than itself, seemed to really annoy the rapper, who wrote, “Never meet your heroes.”
Keep in mind that this was all just hours after West offered “apologies” for his recent behavior, claiming he didn’t realize he was anti-Semitic. Based on his Parler posts, we’d have to disagree.