Kanye West has received responses from multiple Jewish organizations after saying Jonah Hill’s role in 21 Jump Street “made [him] like Jewish people again.”
StopAntisemitism and the American Jewish Community both relayed to TMZ that they will need to see more action from the Chicago mogul before believing that his words are sincere. Both groups are willing to meet with Ye and further discuss steps he can take.
“Joking about a movie with Jonah Hill is not the apology that the Jewish people deserve from Kanye, particularly when his antisemitic tirades continue to have a dangerous trickle-down effect of hatred against Jews,” StopAntisemitism executive director Liora Rez said.
Rez went on to say that there is still a path to forgiveness for Kanye and she wants him to denounce his political ally, white nationalist Nick Fuentes. The comments from the organization come months after StopAntisemitism named Yeezy the 2022 Antisemite of the Year.
“It is a little odd that all it might take for Kanye to renounce his vile antisemitism is to watch and 11-year-old Jonah hill movie. Whether Kanye is sincere, only he knows,” American Jewish Community spokesperson Richard Hirschhaut added.
Ye extended the olive branch after seemingly rewatching 21 Jump Street on Saturday (March 25), prompting him to change his tune when it comes to Jewish people.
“Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again No one should take anger against one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people,” he wrote on Instagram. “No Christian can be labeled antisemite knowing Jesus is Jew Thank you Jonah Hill I love you.”
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The jarring Instagram post currently boasts over three million likes, along with almost 100,000 comments chewing over his caption.
“History test to my grandchildren in 2073: Which of the following actors assisted in Kanye’s breakthrough realization that we are all one?” actress and comedian Natalie Friedman joked. “A) Tom Cruise B) Jonah Hill C) Adam Sandler D) Will Smith.”
Three 6 Mafia’sDJ Paul added: “I don’t remember much about the movie, but after this post, I might need to revisit it.”
Kanye’s turbulent 2022 was capped off by a slew of antisemitic remarks which saw his Instagram and Twitter accounts get temporarily suspended.
He then made an appearance on Alex Jones’ Infowars podcast, where he praised Adolf Hitler and lost nearly all of his business partnerships, including lucrative deals with adidas, Balenciaga, Def Jam and more.