Kanye West has apologized to the Jewish community for an antisemitic “outburst” earlier this month.
The rapper, who now goes by Ye, posted an apology statement to his Instagram page on Tuesday, Dec. 26, in Hebrew.
“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,” the statement read as translated by the Jerusalem Post.
“I am committed to starting with myself and learning from this experience to ensure greater sensitivity and understanding in the future,” the post continued. “Your forgiveness is important to me and I am committed to making amends and promoting unity.”
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The apology came after the hip-hop star went on an antisemitic tirade in Las Vegas on Dec. 8, while promoting his upcoming album Vultures.
TMZ reported the rapper unleashed an “unhinged rant” about Hitler, Jesus and Donald Trump at an event where he was surrounded by fans. The music star also claimed Jewish people own all the banks, hospitals and private schools in Los Angeles, according to video obtained by TMZ.
West has a history of antisemitic comments.
In October 2022, Adidas ended its partnership with him for repeatedly using “hate speech” on social media and in interviews.
In November 2022, his Instagram account was suspended for “repeatedly” violating the platform’s rules, including posting screenshots of anti-Semitic comments he made during a text message exchange with Russell Simmons about how to move forward after the Adidas deal collapsed.
The following month he was kicked off X (formerly Twitter) after posting an image of a swastika over the star of David, a symbol of Judaism.
West also went on an explosive rant about what he called a “Jewish underground media mafia” in an interview with Chris Cuomo on NewsNation in October 2022. Cuomo fired back, “Look, there is no Jewish media, cabal, mafia. That is a figment of either your imagination or a projection of a prejudice.”