Bella Hadid has joined the chorus of celebrities, including Jamie Lee Curtis, condemning Kanye West over anti-Semitic comments he made on social media.
The Donda artist raised alarm bells over the weekend when he made the comments, which followed his controversial display at Paris Fashion Week where he debuted t-shirts that featured the slogan “White Lives Matter” on the back.
West, who now goes by Ye, had his Instagram account restricted for the post he shared, which he then moved to Twitter. He tweeted he was going to go “death con 3 on Jewish people”.
It is likely this was a reference to DEFCON 3 – the US military’s alert system. West has since been restricted both on Instagram and Twitter.
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Hadid is the latest celebrity to condemn the rapper.
Sharing a lengthy text post to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Hadid, 26, spoke out about rising anti-Semitism she’s noticed over the last few weeks.
“To say that for the past two days it hasn’t been hard to celebrate my birthday or to not think of the things that have been posted on the street or said on public platforms I would be lying,” the model wrote, who celebrated her birthday on October 9.
“To allow any form of Anti-Semitism to slip by as desensitized as the world has become, it would be a disservice to my friends, the families I have grown up with, the people I love and work with, myself, and even the Palestinian causes as a whole.”
“Because what we stand for is NOT hatred or violence. I will continue to be a voice for the innocently targeted no matter who you are or where you come from.”
Hadid went on to encourage her followers to speak up against racism, calling anti-Semitism and discrimination the world’s “biggest downfall”.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis also shared her shock at West’s words during an interview with US TV show Today.
Curtis claimed that she “woke up and burst into tears” after reading West’s since-deleted post.
“‘DEFCON 3 on Jewish people?’ What are you doing?” she said. “I mean, it’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise around the world, but on Twitter? On a portal to pour that in, as if Jewish people haven’t had it hard enough.”
Watch the clip of Jamie Lee Curtis’s response to West above.
Curtis explained that her late father, actor Tony Curtis, was the son of Hungarian-Jewish emigrants.
“I woke up and I thought, ‘My grandparents?'”, she recalled of seeing West’s tweet.
“It’s just abhorrent. It’s abhorrent behaviour. I hope he gets help. I hope his children get help from him. It’s terrible,” she said.
Friends actor David Schwimmer, whose family is Jewish, also shared a response.
Sharing a text post that read, “bye”, Schwimmer, 55, wrote: “Anti-Semitism is on the rise globally. Jews make up only 2.4% of the population of the United States but are the victims of more than 60% of all religious hate crimes.”
He continued: “Whether or not Kanye West is mentally ill, there’s no question he is a bigot. His hate speech calls for violence against Jews. If you interpret his words any other way and defend him, guess what? You are racist.
“If we don’t call someone as influential as Kanye out for his divisive, ignorant and anti-Semitic words then we are complicit. Silence is complicity,” his post ended.
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The post has since received over 330,000 likes, including a like from former co-star Jennifer Aniston. Schwimmer turned comments off.
Moved by Schwimmer’s words, Will & Grace actress Debra Messing, who is also Jewish, decided to echo his sentiment.
“THANK YOU @_schwim,” Messing wrote alongside a screenshot of his original post.
“As you so eloquently and powerfully have written, if we don’t condemn #kanyewest ‘s inciteful, dangerous, ignorant, abhorrent words – we are complicit.
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She continued: “I am humbly asking non-Jews in marginalized communities that have felt my support in the past, to PLEASE speak out. It is painful to see only other Jews protesting against this violent racism and virulent anti-Semitism. Thank you & Shalom.”