Kanye West is in hot water again — this time for comments made during an interview that have been deemed “classic antisemitism” by the Anti-Defamation League.
The rapper spoke to Power 105’s Breakfast Club over a week ago (Nov. 26), and the interview eventually veered into West’s political opinions.
“Man, let me tell you about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money,” Kanye said. “People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people.”
The comments initially seemed to fly under the radar, especially in the wake of the rapper’s outburst during an interview with MTV News’ Sway in which he ranted about his struggles breaking into the fashion world — that is, until the Anti-Defamation League picked up on it, prompting a response this past Monday (Dec. 2.).
“If the comments are true as reported, this is classic anti-Semitism,” Abraham H. Foxman, the League’s national director, said in a statement. “There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”
West has not yet made a public statement in response to the ADL’s comments.