An anti-Semitic group brazenly rallied in Los Angeles over the weekend in support of Kanye West and his controversial comments about Jewish people.
About seven demonstrators stood on an overpass above the 405 Freeway on Saturday, Oct. 22, and flashed Nazi salutes at passing drivers. The group draped banners over the freeway, with one urging motorists to “Honk if you know.” It was placed next to a banner saying, “Kanye is right about the Jews.”
Another sign identified the group as part of the white supremacist Goyim Defense League.
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The Anti-Defamation League of Southern California tweeted in response to the rally: “This is an outrageous effort to fan the flames of antisemitism gripping the nation. This group, known for espousing antisemitism and white supremacist ideology, is now leveraging Ye’s antisemitism and is proof that hate breeds more hate.”
The ADL post linked to a petition demanding Adidas “re-evaluate” its relationship with West.
Adding to the rapper’s problems, three powerful Hollywood talent agency executives called on the entertainment industry to cut ties with the hip-hop mogul, according to a Sunday article published by The Hollywood Reporter.
In a memo to staff, United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer wrote: “We can’t support hate speech, bigotry or anti-Semitism. Please support the boycott of Kanye West.”
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West has faced intense backlash since he threatened to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” in a since-deleted tweet.
The rapper, who’s been banned from Instagram and Twitter for hate speech, has done several interviews using more bigoted language.
On Oct. 19, he appeared on Piers Morgan Uncensored and said he “absolutely” does not regret his anti-Semitic comments. Although he did apologize for any hurt he may have caused.
“I will say I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the death con [comments],” West said on the British talk show. “I feel like I caused hurt and confusion. And I’m sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through, and that I used my platform where you say hurt people hurt people. I was hurt.”