Twitter has taken action against Kanye West in response to a recent anti-Semitic diatribe that he posted on the social media network. Not only was the vocalist for Flashing Lights kicked off the app, but on Friday his Instagram account was also banned because he had posted similar hateful comments there.
The following was written by Kanye “Ye” West in a tweet that has since been deleted from the platform:
“I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE. The funny thing is I actually can’t be anti-Semitic because black people are actually Jews also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to blackball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”
What Does Death Con 3 in Kanye West Tweet Mean?
According to the Jewish Chronicle, Kanye West‘s use of the term “death con 3” was most likely an allusion to the United States military term “Defcon 3.” Defense readiness condition, sometimes known as Defcon, is an alert system that is utilised by the armed services of the United States. This system has five degrees of readiness, ranging from one to five.
Defcon 5 is the setting considered to be the least severe, with Defcon 1 being the setting considered to be the most severe and denoting the beginning of nuclear combat. The year 1959 marked the beginning of the system. “Increase in force readiness above normal readiness.”
According to allegations made by the Jewish Chronicle, Kanye West’s usage of the term improperly was an attempt to “declare metaphorical war on Jewish people.”
Twitter Users Are Outraged by West’s Remarks
The anti-Semitic statement was made by a musician who is 45 years old, and after he tweeted it, internet users were quick to voice their displeasure. People found it hard to imagine that the musician would use his social media platform, which has more than 30 million followers, to launch an attack against a racial or ethnic minority.
The fact that he suffers from the condition of bipolar disorder was brought up as an objection by other people, who pointed out that this couldn’t be used as an excuse for his behaviour. A number of people on Twitter have asserted that those struggling with mental health issues do not engage in anti-Semitic and racist rhetoric.
There is absolutely no room in this country or world for antisemitism. It is important to see how harmful + dangerous Kanye’s words are – not only to our Jewish brothers, sisters, & siblings, but also to our collective society at large. We must reject this ???? wherever we see it. – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Kanye West has more twitter followers than there Jews in the world. There are an estimated 14.8 million Jews and he has over 30 million followers. American Jews are experiencing a historic rise in antisemitic incidents. His actions are extremely dangerous and must be called out. – CarlyPildis
Kanye West’s Instagram Account Had Been Banned
Kanye West’s Instagram account had been locked for some time. Additional statements by the Donda artist on Friday, October 7 on Instagram related to warfare appear to set the stage for the purported reference to Defcon 3.
Later that day, after the fashion mogul uploaded screenshots of a text conversation with musician Sean Combs (aka P Diddy or Puff Daddy), his Instagram account was limited.
Ye wrote in the text, “I told you this means war. Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people… that no one can threaten or influence me.” Jesus is a Jew was the caption for the post.
Last week, a series of scandals began after Yeezy’s Paris Fashion Week show, which, by coincidence, took place on the Avenue de la Grande Armée (Grand Army Avenue). The models wore T-shirts bearing the slogan “White Lives Matter,” which has become synonymous with white supremacy.
Supermodel Gigi Hadid and the first black global contributing editor for Vogue, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, have both spoken out against the T-shirts, calling them “dangerous” and “offensive.”
His Fight for the Instagram Account
Ye posted a photo of himself with Meta’s owner Mark Zuckerberg and the caption “How you going kick me off Instagram?” on his dormant Twitter account. We used to be n*****.”
To which Elon Musk, who is in the midst of acquiring Twitter, said, “Welcome back to Twitter, my friend!”
In a subsequent Twitter, Ye asked, “Who do you think created cancel culture?,” before making a sudden about-face to express his support for the Iranian “revolution against 44 years of dictatorship.”
The AJC has condemned the “anti-Jewish messages disseminated to his 18 million followers on Instagram.”
The remarks appeared after Ye was a guest on the Fox News programme of right commentator Tucker Carlson, where he claimed that Jared Kushner, the adviser and son-in-law of former U.S. president Donald Trump, organised the Abraham Accords between Israel and the Gulf states “to make money.”