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Rapper Kanye West, increasingly isolated after his recent anti-Semitic remarks, went a little deeper on Thursday as he confessed his admiration for Hitler and the Nazis during an interview with a conspiratorial American presenter .
In a bizarre appearance, the artist, who now calls himself Ye and wore a black balaclava covering his entire face, launched into a tirade about sin, pornography and the devil.
“I also see positive things about Hitler,” the rapper said on the set of far-right conspiratorialist Alex Jones' “Infowars” show.
“This guy (…) invented the highways, invented the microphone that I use as a musician. You can't say publicly that this person has done anything good, and I've had enough,” added Kanye West.
The rapper, who claims to have bipolar disorder and recently suggested he could run for President of the United States in 2024, redoubled his provocation, eliciting shocked laughter from his host.
“I'm sick of labels, every human being brought something of value, especially Hitler,” he insisted. “I love Hitler.”
“The Nazis were thugs and did very bad things,” tried to correct him the presenter Alex Jones, recently sentenced to pay nearly a billion dollars for having denied the reality of a massacre in a school. /p>
“But they did good things too,” the rapper retorted. “We have to stop insulting the Nazis all the time. (…) I love Nazis.”
Stuck in a series of controversies, Kanye West has been dropped in recent weeks by the brands with which he collaborated. The sports equipment manufacturer Adidas notably cut ties with the rapper at the end of October because of remarks deemed anti-Semitic.
The ready-to-wear chain Gap and the fashion house Balenciaga have also turned their backs on him . In early October, the rapper displayed the slogan “White Lives Matter” during a parade in Paris, hijacking the name of the anti-racist movement “Black Lives Matter”.
On set Thursday, he appeared alongside white supremacist Nick Fuentes, with whom he attended a highly controversial dinner this week with former US President Donald Trump.
His words immediately sparked a barrage of condemnation from many personalities on social media.
In a statement, the Republican Jewish Coalition denounced Kanye West as a “vile and repugnant cultist who has targeted the Jewish community with threats and defamation worthy of the Nazis.”
“The conservatives who made the mistake of tolerating Kanye West must be clear on the fact that he is an outcast,” added this organization close to the Republican Party.
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