Michelle Goldberg: Kanye Shows Where the Right’s Troll Politics Lead
What’s striking about Ye’s naked antisemitism isn’t that he crossed a line but that, for some of his powerful allies, he didn’t. The tweet from the House Judiciary Republicans has not, as of this writing, been taken down. On Monday night, Owens was on Carlson’s show — one of the most-watched cable news shows in the country — praising Ye for standing up for oppressed white people. His tweets about Jews didn’t come up.
I think Ye is a musical genius, and he's created some of the best music I've ever heard in my life. That said, it's an understatement to say he's gone off the deep end over the last few years.
He has always been a brash figure, but it was always to an extent I was able to brush off and enjoy the music anyway.
But over the last half decade the music has gotten worse and the "antics" have become unhinged. Whether it's calling slavery "a choice" for black people in America, or his deification of Trump, or his violent rhetoric to his ex-wife's partners, or now his blatant antisemitism, it's just become too much and I'm letting him go.
Honestly, I don't see how anyone could see any of this as something to celebrate.
Always thirsty for celebrity validation, conservatives ate the interview up. The account for the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee tweeted, “Kanye. Elon. Trump.”