Kanye West, who has a long history of making antisemitic comments, apologized to the Jewish community in an Instagram post written in Hebrew on Tuesday (December 26).
“I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unintended outburst caused by my words or actions,” Ye wrote.
“It was not my intention to offend or demean, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused,” the controversial rapper continued, who legally changed his name to Ye in 2021.
“I am committed to begin with myself, and to learn from this experience in order to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future,” he added. “Your forgiveness is important to me, and I am committed to repair and to advancing unity.”
In the rant, Kanye made insidious insinuations about Jewish influence and compared himself to Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler.
“After causing untold damage by using his vast influence and platform to poison countless minds with vicious antisemitism and hate, an apology in Hebrew may be the first step on a long journey towards making amends to the Jewish community and all those who he has hurt,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement on Tuesday. “Ultimately, actions will speak louder than words but this initial act of contrition is welcome.”
The rapper’s antisemitic comments resulted in a series of corporate fallouts, including Adidas cutting ties with West and ending its Yeezy footwear partnership. Gap stopped stocking West’s collaboration with the brand as well.
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