Kanye West is “dangerous” and “perpetuates stereotypes and violence,” David Baddiel told Sky News.
It’s coming west told far-right broadcaster Alex Jones in an interview that he liked Adolf Hitler, the man responsible for the mass extermination of the Jewish people in World War II.
The musician later tweeted an image of a swastika, prompting another ban on the platform.
Speaking to Sky News, Baddiel, a comedian and writer who campaigns against anti-Semitism, said West was “dangerous”.
“It’s dangerous because Kanye has a lot of followers,” he said.
“People love Kanye because he’s an incredible musician and a very big figure, and so… what he says continues to be taken seriously and what he says is dangerous to Jews because it implies that… there’s this idea that Jews are somehow, and apparently the Nazis believed that Jews were subhuman.
“That Jews somehow gnaw at the fabric of society and are able to control and manipulate the rest of humanity in ways that alienate them.”
Baddiel added: “This leads to the killing of Jews and obviously led to the killing of Jews during the war, but it leads to the modern killing of Jews.
“The point is, it’s a direct real-world connection between someone who is very powerful, with a very large platform that perpetuates these stereotypes and this violence.”
Kanye West isn’t listening
The comedian also told Sky News he felt there was no point in discussing the issues with West, saying “he doesn’t listen to others”.
“I think the problem with Kanye is that he always gets a platform,” he explained.
“For example, Alex Jones, the guy from InfoWars, interrupts him. Then he clearly says things that are very ridiculously dangerous because Alex Jones says a lot of terribly dangerous and horrible things himself.
“But the internet now means that if Kanye doesn’t say it there, he says it somewhere else. He would always get a platform, and because he’s Kanye, those things are always amplified.
“Personally, I would think there’s no point in talking to Kanye because he’s not listening.
“He has his crazy and dangerous views and he just wants them. I don’t think he’s a person to argue with.”
Conspiracy theories about Jews a “worldwide problem”
Baddiel, who recently directed a documentary on anti-Semitism, also said conspiracy theories about Jews are not limited to the US and said it’s a “worldwide problem.”
“You can basically point to almost any conspiracy theory, and it ends up saying ‘it was the Jews,'” he said.
“And the reason for that is because people who believe in conspiracy theories want at their heart to have some kind of supervillain that they discovered who controls the world.
“It comes back to … this idea that … Jews are powerful – and Jews are not powerful.
“Jewish history is a long catalog of disempowerment, but still people have this idea that Jews are powerful – and that leads to a whole bunch of conspiracy theories that are very popular in America but are gaining a lot of ground here, that that it is okay to fight back, to fight back against Jews, which would not be okay with any other minority.”
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He added: “I’m told by people who don’t consider themselves anti-Semites in any way, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter to say bad things about Jews because Jews are rich and Jews can take it.’
“And that might not seem very dangerous to them actually, but it’s on a complete continuum with the idea that ‘Jews control the banks and Jews control all the money, and they control the world and that’s why we have to destroy them’.
“So I guess what I was trying to do by talking about it is to make people aware of what you might call their unconscious biases that end up being driven by conspiracy theories and by the things people like Kanye say to a very bad place really.”
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