After having been started from Instagram and TwitterYe (the artist formerly known as Kanye West) attempted to continue his anti-Semitic, conspiracy-laden publicity blitz with an appearance on The shop, the YouTube talk show produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. Although the producers apparently hoped to have a productive conversation with the rapper about his most recent controversies, the episode has now been taken down, apparently due to all the anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories. (Who would have thought!)
“Yesterday we recorded an episode of The shop with Kanye West. Kanye was booked weeks ago and, having spoken directly to Kanye the day before the taping, I thought he was capable of a respectful discussion and was ready to respond to all of his recent comments” , Carter said in a statement (per The Hollywood Reporter). “Unfortunately he used The Shop to reiterate more extremely dangerous hate speech and stereotypes.”
The statement continued, “We have made the decision not to air this episode or any of Kanye’s remarks. While The shop embraces thoughtful speech and dissenting opinions, we have zero tolerance for hate speech of any kind and will never allow our channels to be used to promote hate. I take full responsibility for believing Kanye wanted a different conversation and apologize to our guests and crew. Hate speech should never have an audience.
Even Fox News, which hosted an already incendiary conversation between Ye and Tucker Carlson, apparently had to rein in some of Ye’s remarks. Vice News’ Motherboard obtained several excerpts from the interview that were not aired, including—you guessed it-anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories, such as that Planned Parenthood was created “to control the Jewish population”.
He also expressed a disturbing belief that his children were socializing with “fake children”: “I mean, like actors, professional actors, placed in my house to sexualize my children.” Referring specifically to an associate’s ‘so-called son’, he added: ‘We didn’t, we didn’t even believe that person was her son because he was way smarter than her, isn’t- not it?” (According to a Tweeter of Vice writer Anna Merlan, the outlet chose not to share this particular clip “to protect the family’s privacy”.)
As Motherboard points out, Ye has previously discussed how his bipolar disorder can trigger this type of paranoia. “When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything, everyone. That’s my experience, other people have different experiences. Everyone’s an actor now. It’s all a conspiracy” , he explained in an episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction Starring David Letterman.) However, he has also been resistant have public outbursts attributed to episodes of mental health.
Elsewhere in the leaked images, he reiterates complaints about his daughter Chicago’s fourth birthday, married conspiracies over the designer’s death Virgil Ablohand his “visions” from God on “how to build these communities of free, kinetic, fully kinetic energy.”
The cut parts of the interview are certainly indicative of the kind of narrative Carlson and Fox News were trying to create around Ye’s appearance. Not only did the network omit its most outrageous statements, but he also cut a clip in which he said he was vaccinated. However The shop may have been wrong to invite Ye to the show in the first place, at least this show didn’t give his rhetoric a platform or take advantage of his fame for its own gain.