Chris Cuomo is the latest celebrity to call out Ye for his antisemitic comments. The last draw came Monday after the artist formerly known as Kanye West claimed the “Jewish underground media mafia” has it out for him.
The rapper also said he doesn’t “believe in” the term antisemitic.
The Yeezy mogul, who now goes by Ye, made his latest controversial allegations when he called into Cuomo’s NewsNation show from a poorly lit back seat of a car.
In response to Ye’s “Jewish underground media mafia” claim, Cuomo responded: “Look, there is no Jewish media, cabal, mafia. That is a figment of either your imagination or a projection of a prejudice. You may have had bad business dealings with people—it’s about those people. It’s not about their religion or faith. And I know that you’re intelligent and understand that when you target people because of their faith, other people may do so the same.”
West then bluntly fired back: “And I don’t tolerate it as a Black person. What you just said was that you’re trying to say that there isn’t a collective—over 50 percent of the executives and CEOs in Hollywood are Jewish. You can’t tell me what to do or feel.”
The two discussed various subjects that resulted in tense moments throughout the interview. The Chicago rapper also discussed his purchase of the social-media site Parler, claimed he did not vote for Donald Trump and became upset with Cuomo for asking if he is taking care of his health. “Did you work out this morning?” West asked back.
Following the interview, Cuomo called it “a lot” and said although he is not a “hater” of Ye, his antisemitic claims are “a troupe that needs to die. You can have bad dealings with people, but some never means all,” he said. “Of course, he has the right to say whatever he wants to say in America, but that doesn’t make whatever he says right.”