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Elon Musk Concerned With Ye’s Latest Tweets



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Few public figures capture America’s attention more than Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and Elon Musk. Over the past several months the media has been filled with news concerning the activities of both men. Musk and Ye have gained both ardent supporters and detractors while ensuring everyone talked about their latest exploits. Most recently, Ye found himself at the center of attention after wearing a shirt that read, “WHITE LIVES MATTER” on the back. Following this, he gave an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson during which he defended his choice to wear the shirt. Ye gained more negative media coverage since then for several Instagram posts and the release of a controversial short film. However, Ye is not done yet.

Ye’s Latest Controversies

Ye made several comments that many considered anti-Semitic. Examples included his interview with Carlson wherein Ye made brief allegations that the Abraham Accords, negotiated by former senior advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, was done for Kushner’s own profit. Kushner is Jewish, and critics of Ye’s comment argued his position continued the old anti-semitic trope of Jewish people engineering world events to benefit themselves.

Disturbing Twitter Usage

Ye also made various social media posts spreading anti-Semitic beliefs. One Instagram post featured Ye’s text exchanges with famed rapper and mogul Diddy. During these conversations, Ye said to Diddy, “This ain’t a game…Imma use you [Diddy] as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me. I told you this is war.” Kanye’s use of anti-Semitic rhetoric has resulted in his Instagram account being restricted. Following this, Ye proved he could not be influenced for better or worse. Ye took to Twitter to express his ideas. 

Twitter Drama

First, the rapper posted an old photo of himself and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The short tweet questioned how Zuckerberg could remove West from his platform. Meta owns Instagram. Ye appeared to take personal offense. Zuckerberg is also Jewish, which possibly relates to Ye’s ire.

Elon Musk responded to the tweet by welcoming Ye back to Twitter after the rapper’s hiatus from the platform. Ye then released a bizarre, now deleted, tweet about his desire to “go death con 3 on Jewish people”, with the failed reference to DEFCON 3 implying a maelstrom of antisemitism. However, in an odd turn, Ye decided to wait until he awoke from a nap before doing so. He also added in the tweet that he could not hold anti-Semitic beliefs. In support of this, Ye cited ideas that align with noted anti-Semitic groups like the Black Hebrew Israelites, many chapters of which are viewed as hate groups by the ADL and SPLC. Following this, Ye released another tweet implying Jews as the group responsible for creating cancel culture.

Following this, Ye’s account was then restricted by Twitter. The rapper himself was unable to tweet anything afterward. Such a high-profile incident was sure to catch the attention of Musk. Musk himself saw quite a lot of controversy following his decision to purchase Twitter and his subsequent indecisiveness about the deal. Currently, Elon Musk is preparing to follow through with the agreement. As such, he takes a vested interest in the company’s happenings.

Musk tweeted that he had reached out to Ye, expressing concerns over the rapper’s recent behavior. Musk’s tweet read, “Talked to ye today & expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart.”

The Takeaway

As of writing, this is where things stand. Kanye remains locked out of Twitter; he hasn’t responded publicly to Musk’s comments. It remains to be seen if Ye is true to his word about being unable to be influenced. Kanye is no stranger to controversy, but his recent remarks leave reasons for concern. Ye frequently finds himself in hot water; however, he has apologized in the distant and recent past when he feels he has truly done wrong. Perhaps Musk’s words will affect him, and Ye can put this behavior squarely in his past. Ye’s fans certainly hope he does so.

Ryan Fields

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