Amid mounting pressure, Kim Kardashian has finally broken her silence on her ex-husband’s ongoing anti-Semitic tirades and issued a public statement.
Kim Kardashian has broken her silence on ex-husband Kanye West’s ongoing anti-Semitic rants with a public statement condemning hate speech.
“Hate speech is never OK or excusable. I stand together with the Jewish community and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end,” she wrote on social media.
Her sisters Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and her mum, Kris Jenner, also shared matching statements to their own social media condemning anti-Semitism, reports the New York Post.
“I support my Jewish friends and the Jewish people,” they shared in posts on Monday.
Kim’s support for the Jewish community comes amid the mounting backlash her ex-husband is facing after he repeatedly made anti-Semitic comments.
Ye, 45, was booted from Twitter earlier this month after saying that he wanted to go “death con 3” on Jewish people. His hateful tweet came after he was kicked off Instagram for sharing messages where he suggested that Jewish people control the media.
Amid the uproar, Balenciaga cut ties with the Yeezy founder last week and Page Six reported that Vogue has no intention of working with him ever again.
The public has also been putting pressure on Adidas to end its partnership with West after the rapper bragged to Piers Morgan, “I can literally say anti-Semitic things and Adidas can’t drop me.”
Adidas put its partnership with West “under review” after he debuted “White Lives Matter” T-shirts at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, but the company has yet to publicly comment on his rants.
Despite the backlash, West has continued with his anti-Semitic comments – which even led to an anti-Semitic sign appearing on an overpass in Los Angeles on the weekend which read: “Kanye is right about the Jews.”
West told Morgan on Wednesday that he is “absolutely not” sorry for posting the threatening tweet.
“I fought fire with fire. I’m not here to get hosed down. That’s a different type of freedom fighter,” the rapper told the talk show host.
Some of West’s supporters have tried to use his bipolar disorder to explain his actions, but others, including Ari Emanuel, CEO of media agency Endeavor, say mental illness is not an excuse for hatred.
“Those who continue to do business with West are giving his misguided hate an audience. There should be no tolerance anywhere for West’s anti-Semitism,” Mr Emanuel wrote in an op-ed for the Financial Times. “This is a moment in history where the stakes are high and being open about our values, and living them, is essential. Silence and inaction are not an option.”
Many celebrities have also condemned West for his anti-Semitism, including John Legend, Jamie Lee Curtis and Morgan Spector.
The LA Holocaust Museum invited the rapper to pay a visit so he could learn more about Jewish history and why his words are so harmful though Ye has not yet publicly responded to the invitation.
Kim, 42, filed to divorce West in February 2021. She was declared legally single in March 2022. West has been accused of manipulative behaviour towards his ex-wife following their split, though they continue to co-parent their four kids North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission