The American social network Parler announced Thursday that it had given up on being bought out by Kanye West, entangled in a series of controversies and accused of anti-Semitism. Again on Thursday, the American rapper confessed his admiration for Hitler and the Nazis.
During an interview with conspiratorial American presenter Alex Jones, Ye, wearing a black balaclava covering his entire face, launched into a tirade about sin, pornography and the devil. “I see positive things about Hitler too,” the rapper said.
‘This guy […] invented the highways, invented the microphone that I use as a musician. We can’t say publicly that this person has done anything good and I’ve had enough, ”added Kanye West.
The rapper, who claims to have bipolar disorder and recently suggested he could run for President of the United States in 2024, doubled down on his provocation, prompting shocked laughter from his host. ‘I’ve had enough of labels. Every human being has brought something of value, especially Hitler,’ he insisted. ‘I love Hitler.’
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‘The Nazis were thugs and did very bad things,’ tried to correct him the presenter Alex Jones, recently sentenced to pay nearly a billion dollars for having denied the reality of a massacre in a school. ‘But they did good things too’, retorted the rapper. ‘We have to stop insulting the Nazis all the time. […] I love Nazis.’
Parler’s parent company, Parlement Technologies, said it had ‘agreed with Ye to terminate the sale agreement for Parler’. “This decision was made in mid-November in the interest of both parties,” said the company, which indicated that “Talking [continuerait] to study opportunities for growth and evolution of the platform.
Since posting anti-Semitic messages on Instagram and Twitter in early October, Kanye West has gradually become persona non grata in the business world. Balenciaga then Adidas ended their partnership with the artist, known for his unpredictable behavior and his taste for controversy.
Launched in 2018, Parler gained popularity after Donald Trump was ousted from Twitter after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, mainly among ultra-conservatives.