Kanye West, who has recently come under fire for comments that many are calling antisemitic, claims that fellow former President Donald Trump-loving celebrity Kid Rock supported his move to legally acquire social media platform Parler.
During an interview with NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo, West discussed his desire to go to a social media platform where he was “celebrated” and not just “tolerated.”
“Why would I remain in a place where I’m just tolerated?” West asked. “Why not go to a place where I’m celebrated?”
“That’s actually something Kid Rock just gave me a text about,” he noted.
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Kanye (Ye) explains why he changed his name to YE and why he is purchasing Parler.
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West’s interest in purchasing Parler came after he was reprimanded by both Twitter and Instagram for a post in which he mentioned going “death con 3 on Jewish people” after a nap. His sentiments were deemed to be hateful toward Jews, and his accounts on both platforms were locked. This prompted West to look toward Parler, a reportedly free-speech alternative to big tech giants who rule the social media realm. He noted that he wanted to purchase the site because “the CEO is just really incredible.”
A number of West’s partnerships are also at risk as a result of his comments. His bank, JP Morgan Chase, cut ties with him and sportswear brand Adidas is reviewing West’s clothing line with them.
While West may be relatively new to being canceled, his new cheerleader Kid Rock is not. Rock, whose real name is Robert James Richie, came out as a Trump-supporter before it was cool and faced much backlash as a result.
In an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in March 2021, Rock declared that he is “uncancelable” because he doesn’t “give a f**k.”
“There’s nobody I’m beholden to, no record companies, no corporate interests, no nothing,” he explained. “You can’t cancel me. I love it when they try.”
It would seem that West is personally experiencing why it is almost necessary for an artist with apparently controversial opinions to be independent of corporate interests.
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