“It was not my intention to hurt or disrespect, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused.”
Kanye West has finally issued a long-overdue apology to the Jewish community following a series of antisemitic remarks shared on social media. It’s been over a year since the controversial rapper made headlines for the comments, alongside multiple outbursts as a result of the now infamous “White Lives Matter” t-shirt which debuted at his YEEZY show.
Since the controversy, Ye was dropped by multiple companies including adidas and GAP, with Balenciaga also reviewing its relationship with the rapper. During that time, Ye doubled down on his approach and refused to take any accountability, with a recent performance in Las Vegas adding fuel to the fire as he sang the lyrics: “How I’m antisemitic? I just f***ed a Jewish b****.”
Over the festive period, the artist cleared out his Instagram feed and shared an apology post written in Hebrew. Later translated by The Jerusalem Post, the statement appears to read: “I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for my unplanned outburst caused by my words or actions, it was not my intention to hurt or disrespect, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused. I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future.”
The rapper concluded, “Your forgiveness is important to me, and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity. Whether or not the apology is genuine, and if the rapper’s subsequent actions will actually reflect this sentiment, remains to be seen.
Stay tuned for more details.