Kanye West assails Jews, abortion in new interview with Lex Fridman
On Friday, June 25, 2016, Kanye West stopped by the Los Angeles Times for a wide-ranging interview with Lex Fridman, who is Jewish and is an outspoken critic of the American Jewish establishment. At issue: West’s recent performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, in which he compared himself and other black pop stars to terrorist organization Hamas and threatened to bomb the event if he’s not allowed to perform. West has been accused of “hate speech,” yet in a subsequent interview with the New York Times, he’s defended his actions by claiming he was simply standing up for his Palestinian fans.
Fridman is not the first to point out that West’s performance at VMA is deeply problematic and anti-Semitic. After his performance, West did an interview with CBS News’ Charlie Rose to set the record straight. West said, “People say, well, these performances are art. I did one in a club. I don’t understand the debate over whether that is art.” West went on to say that he “was just showing love in a way that you don’t see. You do not see the ‘No’s’ and the ‘Rights’ when you are not a terrorist.”
The Los Angeles Times took on the matter on their “Unsung Story” blog, writing (emphasis ours):
We’re still waiting for some good answer to the question: What is so damaging about Kanye West’s anti-Israel performance in New York on Sunday that it could lead to violence?
In his VMA speech, he equated his tour of Tel Aviv with Hamas’s Palestinian terrorist attacks, including attacks on the Israeli navy. He suggested that Palestinians shouldn’t be allowed onto American buses, and that the U.S. must stop all “non-white people” from reaching American shores. He compared his own tour to