Three of Hollywood’s top management agency heads are now calling on the entertainment industry to sever ties with Kanye West over the rapper and fashion mogul’s rebuttals across multiple platforms and channels. interview.
On Sunday night, UTA director Jeremy Zimmer sent a company-wide memo to employees titled “The Rise of Anti-Semitism and Hate,” writing that West’s comment “recommends encourage others to amplify their lowly beliefs.”
Zimmer referenced a wide release on October 23 image by a group of seven people standing on the 405 freeway overpass in Los Angeles with signs saying “Kanye is right about the Jews”, as well as the Mapping Project, an anonymous attempt to show connections between the Jewish Enterprise in Massachusetts and “Support for the Colonization of Palestine.”
“Whether it’s the signs on 405th Street in Los Angeles, the flyers on the doorstep, the map of the Jewish businesses in Boston, or the parade with hoods and crosses, all of these acts are kindle the flames of bigotry, and they are not tolerated,” wrote Zimmer.
The CEO of the Beverly Hills-based company follows a similarly-themed column on October 19 in Financial Times by Ari Emanuel, who runs the entertainment and sports company Endeavor, which owns the talent agency WME. Emanuel wrote: “Those who continue to do business with West are making the audience hate his mistake. “There should be no tolerance for Western anti-Semitism anywhere.”
Emanuel added: “West is more than just a human being – he’s a pop culture icon with millions of fans around the world. And among them are young people whose views are still being formed.”
Meanwhile, Gersh agency president Bob Gersh weighed in on Sunday, saying Diversity“People really need to force these companies to do business with him to impress on them how wrong it is to support someone like this.”
After an appearance at Paris Fashion Week in which West wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt on October 3, he posted a deleted tweet from October 8 that called for “death.” con 3 On JEWISH People”, wrote an Instagram post that was removed for violating content restrictions, has since ceased to exist on Fox News, including a controversial interview with Tucker Carlson (later included unwanted episodes leaked to Vice News), recorded an interview with the podcast Drinking Champagne (later removed from YouTube) and stopped for an interview on NewsNation with Chris Cuomo, in which West says “I don’t believe in that term,” alluding to anti-Semitism.
Companies and partners that do business with West, whose net worth is estimated at Forbes at $2 billion, is under increasing pressure to sever ties with the rapper. Adidas, which has a distribution contract for West’s shoe and fashion brand Yeezy, announced earlier this month that it had placed the partnership “under review”, while French label Balenciaga cut ties contacted on October 21 and said they “no longer have any relationship” with the West.
Apparently reacting to his restricted Instagram posts and tweets, West made a deal with supporters of a small social media platform called Parler. On October 17, the company – which calls itself “the leading free speech social media app” – sent out a press release saying that it had agreed to sell itself to the artist. Parler’s CEO is George Farmer, husband of conservative activist Candace Owens, who also wore the “White Lives Matter” shirt at Paris Fashion Week.
Here is Zimmer’s full memo to UTA employees:
I am sad to write that once again we are seeing an uptick in anti-Semitism in our community, fueled by Kanye’s comments and resulting in an incident in Los Angeles yesterday. , where hate banners were placed on the 405 freeway.
Regrettably, anti-Semitism, racism, and many other forms of hatred and intolerance are part of the fabric of society. Collectively, they live like a plague that eats away at the health of the community and is countered by the common understanding, tolerance, and kindness of most people.
But throughout history, some people have used their public platforms to spew out the plague and spread it to dangerous levels. Kanye is the latest to do so, and we’re seeing how his words encourage others to amplify their vile beliefs. I have also seen copies of horrible anti-Semitic flyers left this weekend on the doorsteps of homes in LA neighborhoods, showing that 405 banners are not the end for it.
Equally disturbing is what is going on on college campuses, where the concern and debate about Zionism turning into anti-Semitism is shrouded in secrecy. Wellesley University has recently become the focal point of this dilemma. The Wellesley newspaper recently supported a mapping project showing nearby Jewish-owned businesses, and suggested boycotting them. Assuming that since they are Jewish-owned, they must be anti-Palestinian. This is a dangerous type of thinking that can lead to hatred and anti-Semitism, and there are examples of it in other schools.
Whether it’s the signs on 405th Street in Los Angeles, the flyers on the doorstep, the map of the Jewish businesses in Boston, or the parade with hoods and crosses, all these acts are fan the flames of bigotry, and they are not tolerated.
As a company, we represent many voices and ideas. But we cannot support hate speech, bigotry or anti-Semitism. Please support the Kanye West boycott. Strong voices expressing hatred often make people do hateful things. Don’t be lulled into thinking it’s different this time.