Synopsis: Parler’s sale to Kanye West has been cancelled, according to the parent firm.
Though Parler stated that it severed connections with the rapper now known as Ye in November, the announcement came just hours after he made a series of anti-Semitic comments praising Nazis.
Parler’s sale to Kanye West has been cancelled, according to the parent firm
According to a statement issued by Parlement Technologies on Thursday, the parent company of Parler, the prominent conservative social media platform, has agreed to cancel its intention to sell the site to musician Ye – better known as Kanye West.
“Parler will continue to pursue future prospects for growth and the advancement of our vibrant community platform,” the business stated.
Though Parler said it severed connections with Kanye in mid-November, the announcement came just hours after Ye made a series of anti-Semitic comments praising Nazis and that he saw “positive qualities” in Adolf Hitler.
“Every human being, especially Hitler, gave something of value to the table,” Ye stated in an interview with far-right agitator Alex Jones.
“I don’t like the word ‘evil’ in the same sentence as Nazis,” he added later. “I like Jews, but I also like Nazis.”
Some Republican legislators reacted quickly, as many dragged their feet in condemning former President Donald Trump’s weekend dinner with Ye and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
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“I like Hitler,” Ye said to right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, later adding, “I love Jewish people but I also love Nazis.”
Republicans were outraged by Ye’s virulently antisemitic comments to right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Thursday, the latest in a series of incidents involving the rapper that have forced elected Republicans to distance themselves from him.
Kanye came on Jones’ “InfoWars” show with Nick Fuentes, a known racist and antisemite who accompanied Ye at Mar-a-Lago last week to dine with former President Donald Trump, and made a slew of antisemitic remarks while wearing a black mask over his face. While praising Adolf Hitler, the musician formerly known as Kanye West repeated the myth that the Holocaust did not occur.
“I like Hitler,” Ye told Jones, later adding, “but I also like Jews and Nazis.”
Republicans who once seemed to relish associating with the musician and his ardent support for Trumpism have frowned in recent weeks as Ye’s behaviour has become increasingly unstable and hostile. However, Thursday’s conversation was a watershed moment for some of them.
“Kanye West is a psychotic anti-semite,” said New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, one of the few Republican Jewish members of Congress who ran unsuccessfully for governor this year. “I don’t want anything to do with that crazy.” He’s completely awful news.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition called Ye-Fuentes’ presence with Jones, who was recently sentenced to pay $965 million in damages to people who were harmed by his false claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a fake, a “horrific quagmire of violent, racist Jew hatred.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition asked “all political leaders to reject these prophets of hate and send them to the trash of history where they belong,” referring to Ye, Fuentes, and Jones. “Conservatives who have erroneously accommodated Kanye West must make it obvious that he is a pariah,” the organisation added. “Enough already.”
On Thursday, the social networking site Parler declared that it will discontinue its sale to Ye, but that it had terminated connections with him in mid-November.
Republican senators, who mainly avoided criticising Trump over his dinner with Ye and Fuentes, aimed their criticism primarily at Fuentes.
Conservatives have elevated Ye as a messenger of the MAGA movement and Christian evangelism, despite his high-profile, unpredictable words and behaviour; the man who once declared that “George [W.] Bush doesn’t care about Black people” has swung dramatically to the right, espousing support for Trumpism and meeting with the former president multiple times.
Ye himself was banned from Twitter in October after threatening to “kill con 3 ON JEWISH PEOPLE.” Even though the minority Judiciary Committee tweet remained online, he lost corporate ties, including famous lines with Adidas and Gap.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the party’s top member on the Judiciary Committee and its chair-in-waiting, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the tweet’s removal.
According to Vice News, the raw footage of the interview contained even more disturbing content than what was shown on television, including strange metaphors about Black people and an implication that Jewish people participate in “financial engineering,” a historically antisemitic claim.
“Crazy? “That was not our conclusion,” Carlson stated on-air.
Ye’s bid to buy the site has been marred by blunders, such as mistakenly disclosing contact information for hundreds of “VIP” members.
The platform has attempted to woo right-wing commenters and promote itself as a platform for free speech, but it has struggled to sustain a substantial base of active users.
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