Kanye West has doubled down on his antisemitic comments and said he deliberately made them racist to provocate people.
The rapper was speaking with TalkTV host Piers Morgan, who asked West if he was “sorry” for his comments towards the Jewish community, to which the rapper said, “No.” Morgan then asked West about the significance of saying, “going death con 3 [sic] On JEWISH PEOPLE”, to which Ye replied, “Absolutely not.”
Speaking in more depth about that specific tweet, West responded: “Oh my God! God forbid one comment could cause people to feel any of the pain that my people have went through for years. Even, like, the Blacks being ushered to the left during the Civil Rights movement: no one has cared about Black people… I was in a position where I’d been hurt, and this is the way I had the right to express myself.”
Later in their conversation, Morgan asks: “When you insult the Jewish people and say you’re going ‘death con 3’ on the Jewish people, that is as racist as anything you say you’ve been through, and any pain you’ve experienced. It’s the same thing – racism is racism. And you know that, don’t you?”
In response, West said: “Yeah, obviously, that’s why I said it.” Morgan then asked Ye for clarification on the “death con 3” comment and “knowing it’s racist”, West responded: “Yes. I fought fire with fire. I’m not here to get hosed down – it’s a different type of freedom fighter.”
West finally offered a grain of an apology and told the Brit: “You know, I will say, I’m sorry for the people that I hurt with the ‘death con’… I feel like I caused hurt and confusion, and I’m sorry for the families of the people that had nothing to do with the trauma that I had been through, and that I used my platform where you say ‘hurt people hurt people’ – and I was hurt.”
Watch the interaction below.