The Kanye West debacle rolls on and is making no sign of stopping any time soon. Yesterday (November 28th), West walked out of a live podcast recording when his antisemitic opinions were challenged by the podcast host Tim Pool.
West had appeared on Pool’s podcast Timcast along with his associates, the suspected white nationalists Nick Fuentes and Milo Yiannopoulos. The interview began with a discussion of West’s recent meeting with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, but it appeared that West always wanted to steer the topic in a different direction.
He burst out into a somewhat disjointed tirade with “I just got to go to the heart of this antisemite claim,” before going on to suggest that his former collaborators at Adidas, Gap and Vogue, as well as both Donald Trump and Barack Obama, are in a conspiracy to bring an end to his career.
When Pool started to question West, West got irate. he added, “I feel like it’s a setup… I’m going to walk the F off the show if I’m having to talk about, ‘You can’t say Jewish people did it,’ when every sensible person knows — that Jon Stewart knows — what happened to me, and they took it too far.”
Then West strangely compared himself to the human rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and said, “As I’m getting hosed down every day by the press and financially, I’m just standing there. When I found out they were trying to put me in jail, it was like a dog was biting my arm, and I almost shed a tear. Almost. But I still walked in stride through it.”
The interview with West ended when Pool referred to the people who upset West as “they”. West replied, “We can’t say who ‘they’ is?” When Pool said he meant the “corporate press”, Fuentes barged in, and West threw his headphones off and walked out of the room.