Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has been banned from Instagram for 30 days, the rapper and fashion designer said Monday on his account on Parler, the social media platform he agreed to purchase on October 17. Ye’s suspension from Instagram marks the second time in less than a month that he has been locked out of his account for his activities there. In early October, Ye was banned for antisemitic posts.
Anti-Semitic rhetoric troubled him at this time as well. The suspension, he said, came after he posted a photo of a private message to Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons in which Ye said “you know who” is better contracts and business dealings. “I must ask Jewish businessmen to make the right contracts or die trying,” Ye wrote in his statement.
Ye’s representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his suspension.
Meta, which owns Instagram, confirmed to NBC News that it removed the comments and banned Ye’s account for violating company policy. Meta did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.
Monday’s Instagram suspension is the latest sign of Ye’s controversial comments. Since his first post on antisemitic social media earlier last month, several companies have cut ties with the rapper and others who worked for him. On October 27, Ye posted on Instagram that he lost $ 2 billion in one day.
Here’s what you need to know about Ye’s controversial posts and what followed.
Why were Ye’s social media accounts banned in the first place?
In October, Ye was banned from Twitter for tweeting that he went to sleep but woke up and “went to death con 3 ON THE MEETING PEOPLE.” He added “You have played with me and tried to blackball everyone who opposes your agenda.”
Twitter did not delete the rapper’s account, but locked it, and the antisemitic tweets were removed. “The account was closed for violating Twitter’s policies,” a Twitter spokesperson said.
Before the match of October 7, you have not been active on Twitter since November 2020, after he failed his bid for the presidency, and appeared to move to the platform in weeks after his Instagram account was banned.
His comments have been widely criticized. In a tweet, the Anti-Defamation League said there was “no excuse for his promotion of white supremacy slogans and classic #antisemitism.”
While Meta confirmed to NBC on October 8 that West’s Instagram account had been blocked, it did not specify which post prompted the action. The issue appears to be a series of text messages between West and Sean “Diddy” Combs that West posted on Instagram and later deleted from his page. In their speech, reported by HipHopDX, West said that he will “use you as an example to show the Jews who told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.”
Diddy contacted West about the “White Lives Matter” shirt West wore to the Paris Fashion Show. West has criticized the shirt, including the Anti-Defamation League, which classifies “White Lives Matter” as a white supremacist phrase. In an interview with Fox’s Tucker Carlson, West said he wore the shirt because he thought it was “funny.”
“Kanye West has more fans than Jews in the world,” Carly Pildis, director of social work at the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on Twitter. “There are approximately 14.8 million Jews and more than 30 million students. American Jews are witnessing an unprecedented increase in antisemitic incidents. His actions are very dangerous and must be called out.”
What other setbacks have you experienced?
A week after Ye’s first posts, fashion house Balenciaga said he no longer has a relationship with the rapper. They worked together to create a clothing line for retailer Gap. Gap said again he took the line from his stores.
Adidas reported on October 25 that he has stopped working with Ye. The shoe company created the Yeezy shoe line designed by the rapper. Adidas says that if it stops selling Yeezy shoes, the company will lose up to $250 million.
Creative Artists Agency, or CAA, offered Ye as an agent. Her divorce lawyer Samantha Spector said she will no longer work with Ye. JP Morgan Chase said he ended his financial relationship and the Yeezy company.
A documentary on Ye from MRC Entertainment was banned by the production house, citing his controversial comments. Ye and his record label, GOOD Music, are no longer part of Def Jam Recording. Apple Music removed the Kanye West Essentials playlist from the platform.
Ye’s non-musical activities have also felt the effects of his social media posts. Donda Sports, the sports agency of the athlete, lost two athletes after his graduation: LA Rams tackle Aaron Donald and Boston Celtics player Jaylen Brown.
Donda Academy, an unaccredited Christian private school founded by Ye and located in Simi Valley, California, closed its doors on October 27 for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year.