Following a slew of anti-Semitic comments this month, powerful Hollywood mogul Ari Emanuel has urged companies to quit doing business with Kanye West, also known as Ye.
The CEO of Endeavor, Ari Emanuel, declared in a Financial Times op-ed that silence is harmful. “It permits the propagation and normalisation of anti-Semitism and other types of bigotry and prejudice. Our culture and nation are coarsened and degraded by it.
According to Emanuel, a super-agent in the entertainment industry, Apple and Spotify should cease playing West’s songs, and other businesses should stop doing business with him as well.
Despite Emanuel’s rejection, West doesn’t seem to be bothered.
In a post on Instagram on Thursday, West responded to Emanuel’s opinion piece, writing: “Ari Emanuel, I lost 2 billion dollars in one day, and I’m still here. These are words of affection. God and I both still adore you. I am not the money; rather, I am the people.
Emanuel is hardly the first person to condemn West’s anti-Semitic remarks.
Adidas, the major customer for rapper Ye’s clothing line Yeezy, terminated its relationship with him on Tuesday. After hearing about a mid-October video clip that was later removed, in which West directly called out the company, stating he could “say anti-Semitic things, and Adidas can’t leave me,” this occurred. What’s next?
“Following careful consideration, the firm has decided to immediately sever its relationship with Ye, halt the creation of goods bearing the Yeezy brand, and suspend all payments to Ye and his businesses. Adidas has announced that it would immediately stop selling Adidas Yeezy products.
The decision will cost money: “Given the strong seasonality of the fourth quarter, this is likely to have a short-term negative impact of up to €250 million on the company’s net income in 2022.”
However, detractors criticised the corporation for taking too long to sever its links with Ye.
It seems like Ye’s anti-Semitic remarks from this month will cause serious harm to his image and income, despite the fact that he has long been a source of controversy and enormous success.
Emanuel said in his op-ed, “I’d be pleased to assist West reach out to religious leaders—including rabbis, Muslim leaders, and Christian leaders—if he would like to learn about the history and effects of anti-Semitism and the conspiracy theories he is repeating. “However, the leaders he is doing business with ought to speak out until that happens.”