Kanye West held an impromptu press conference in a crowded parking lot with paparazzi on Friday night where he refused to back down or apologize for his anti-Semitic comments, and instead doubled down, reading, from a spreadsheet, a list of names of senior Jewish executives of major media and entertainment companies from Disney to USA today.
“I didn’t realize it was anti-Semitic to say ‘hey, you know, I have a Jewish lawyer, I have a Jewish record company, I have a Jewish entrepreneur,'” West told the crowd of journalists before reading the definition of anti-Semitism. .
When asked if he would apologize nearly three weeks after threatening to go ‘death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE’ – one of many remarks that cost him a dozen endorsement deals and a large part of his personal wealth – the Grammy winner declined.
But West however apologized for saying “They hit [Floyd] with fentanyl. If you look, the guy’s knee wasn’t even on his neck like that,” suggesting that George Floyd’s death was fentanyl-induced and not caused by police brutality.
“I want to apologize. Because God has shown me by what Adidas is doing, by what the media is doing, I know what it’s like to have a knee on your neck right now,” West said.
The mother of George Floyd’s daughter announced a $250 million lawsuit against Kanye West last week.
Elsewhere in his 10-Minute tirade, West said he “had experiences (with Jewish leaders) where I felt like I was on a team.” He went on to claim that in 2016 a “Jewish doctor” had misdiagnosed bipolar disorder and, he continued, “would have put me on medication right now. If I was on medication right now , then a pill could have been swapped and it would have been Prince or Michael Jackson again. But because I didn’t take the drugs, I can speak to you clearly and transparently.
Regurgitating remarks he had previously shared on social media, Kanye West said “I get burned every day, it actually proves what I have to say, ‘about people of Jewish descent’ teaming up with him.