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ADL: Kanye's 'Jewish Connections' Speech is 'Classic anti-Semitism'

The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham H. Foxman, has condemned the rapper for his absurd comments during an interview with Power 105

By: Daniel Koren

Published: December 3rd, 2013 in News » World

Making headlines has become a rather commonplace occurrence for rapper/'genius'/aspiring fashion mogul Kanye West; last week's reenactment of him and Kim Kardashian's 'Bound 2' video, developed by comedians James Franco and Seth Rogen, was particular cause for rejoicing.

But of course, naturally for Kanye, he was 'bound' to say something that would put his foot in his mouth a few days later.

During an interview with Power 105's Breakfast Club, Kanye made more than a few absurd statements, which also has become commonplace for the rapper - did anyone else see his 8-minute-long rant on Jimmy Kimmel? - saying how his fiance and baby mama Kim Kardashian is this generation's Marilyn Monroe, and that she's got more influence than Michelle Obama.

While these statements may be seemingly ridiculous, they were still innocuous enough, that is, until he discussed Obama's failure as a President, which Kanye comments were due to his lack of Jewish connections.

"Let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money, and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can't make these moves, or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections,” West said. “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connections as oil people. You know we don't know nobody that got a nice house. You know we don't know nobody with paper like that, that we can go to when we're down."

Now, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has officially condemned the rapper's comments, with ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman categorizing them as “classic anti-Semitism.” “There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better," Foxman said.

"We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended." Though Kanye does sometimes display the mentality of a spoiled child, he has apologized for his actions before, so it can go either way at this point. My guess is he'll confront the subject; after all he does have plenty of Jewish friends, his last album was even produced by Rick Rubin.

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