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Why Did Networks and NFL Allow Kanye West’s Super Bowl Ad?

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West. Photo: BANG Showbiz via Reuters Connect

Kanye West’s Super Bowl ad, which aired regionally and not in all markets, was a no-frills spot that showed him in a vehicle telling people to go to his website to buy shoes. There was no music. There were no dancers. There was no professional lighting.

In the ad, he claims he spent all the money on the runtime for the ad, so he didn’t have the funds to make a fancier commercial. Is it a clever ad? Yes, it is. Whoever thought of the idea, even if it was him, deserves praise for that.

But I have a question. Would the NFL have allowed Kanye to come on stage with Usher? Would the networks that aired the ad have been okay with that? If not, then why did they take his money and air the ad?

What message does the NFL send by allowing this advertisement? Worse yet, there’s been little pushback, despite the fact that Kanye recently doubled down on his antisemitism and hatred of Jews.

The American people have just seen that you can praise Hitler, and still be featured in a Super Bowl ad.

Perhaps the KKK will have an ad including a no-frills cross-burning, where they ask people to go to their website to buy white robes.

West, who goes by the name of Ye, no doubt wants to headline at major arenas again. Whomever writes headlines at Forbes should be ashamed of themselves for their Feb. 14 article, titled “Kanye West Is Headed For Another No. 1 Album, Even As He Remains Incredibly Controversial.”

Controversial? That word doesn’t even mean something negative.

When you tweet that you will go “Death Con 3” on Jews, and praise Hitler, that’s beyond controversial. When you say you wish your kids could celebrate Hanukkah to learn about “financial engineering,” and Alex Jones is hoping you calm down, that’s beyond controversial. The only thing controversial is Forbes’ decision not to use the word “antisemitic” in the title.

West, one of the most famous artists on the planet, has tremendous influence. He is addicted to attention. But it is clear he doesn’t care if Jews are harmed by his words. What he feels in his heart can’t be known, but it doesn’t matter that much when the results are the same.

Now Kanye can go to venues and say he had an NFL Super Bowl ad. His new album, according to Forbes, will be No.1. The NFL and all those TV networks make billions a year. Do they need Kanye’s money that badly? There are Jewish NFL owners and TV executives. This doesn’t bother them? The fact that you barely hear a peep about this is a signal that the normalization of antisemitism is in full throttle.

West has been called a marketing genius, and, to a great extent, that is accurate. But what was the marketing concept behind his antisemitic rampage that caused him to lose his Adidas campaign, removing him from the list of billionaires? And worse still, how long until that campaign comes back?

I saw Kanye perform at Madison Square Garden about seven or eight years ago, and enjoyed the concert. Some of his songs are great. But that in no way gives him license to spew hatred. There is free speech, and he is allowed to say that he likes Hitler. But the NFL and TV networks don’t have to take his money for ads.

If a star spouted the virulent hatred that Kanye has spread against Jews, to another minority group, would that artist have a Super Bowl ad or be poised to have the No. 1 album?

We all know the answer. Once again, Jew hatred is the only form of hatred that is tolerated.

Next year, if a hate group wants to sell merchandise and have a Super Bowl ad and the group is rejected, they may ask why Kanye was allowed to have one. What will the NFL and TV networks say in response?

The author is a writer based in New York.

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University of Toronto seeks injunction to end protest encampment over ‘harmful, discriminatory’ speech outlined in court filing

The University of Toronto is now seeking a court injunction to put and end to the encampment in King’s College Circle after the 8 a.m. deadline passed Monday morning—while unionized workers joined students, faculty and other protesters at a rainy morning rally. Shortly after the ultimatum hour, the university announced in a statement from UofT […]

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Monday morning saw the Toronto community and politicians showing support for the Chabad girls’ school struck by weekend gunfire

Mayor Olivia Chow was among those who addressed the crowd.

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‘A Call for Genocide’: South African Jews Blast Country’s President for Chanting ‘From the River to the Sea’

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Chatsworth, South Africa, May 18, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Rogan Ward

South African Jewish leaders castigated their country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, for what they described as him calling for a “genocide” against Jews in Israel over the weekend.

Ramaphosa was speaking at an election rally in Johannesburg on Saturday when he deviated from his prepared speech to lead the crowd in in a chant of “From the River to the Sea, Palestine shall be free” — a popular slogan among anti-Israel activists that has been widely interpreted as a call for the destruction of the Jewish state, which is located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

The address took place at FNB Stadium, where South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) held its final rally before South African elections on Wednesday. According to Politicsweb, a news website focused on South Africa, a call for the release of the “hostages held in Gaza” who Hamas terrorists kidnapped from southern Israel on Oct. 7 appeared in Ramaphosa’s prepared remarks but not in his final speech.

The South African Jewish community lambasted Ramaphosa for his remarks in a statement shared with The Algemeiner, expressing “its revulsion at the introduction of a call to exterminate Jews from their homeland” by the president.

“The president of the ruling ANC party and the head of state of a democratic country has called for the elimination of the only Jewish state in the culmination of the ANC president’s election speech made to thousands of ANC members and on national television,” said Wendy Kahn, national director of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD). “He uses the populist slogan ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be Free,’ which is widely regarded as a call to genocide of the Jewish people. The call to remove all Jews from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea equates to removing all Jews from Israel.”

Kahn compared the slogan with Hamas’ goal to “see Israel as ‘Judenfrei,’ or Jew free,” before noting that such an endpoint contradicts the South African government’s stated policy of supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“The chanting of this slogan by a head of state of a government that recurrently tries to express their commitment to a ‘two-state Solution’ as their policy on Israel and Palestine is hypocritical to the full,” the SAJBD said. “How does a sitting president reject his own government and own party’s international relations policy? This reconfirms our understanding that President Ramaphosa and his government are not looking for a peaceful solution to the tragic conflict, but rather to cause discord among fellow South Africans against its Jewish community.”

Kahn added, “The president’s contempt for South African Jewry is evident in this unscripted outburst at the rally which amounts to nothing more than Jew hatred. The SAJBD is reviewing its options for holding the president accountable for these hateful words.”

South Africa’s ANC government has been one of the harshest critics of Israel since Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists launched the ongoing war in Gaza with their invasion of and massacre across southern Israeli communities.

South Africa temporarily withdrew its diplomats from Israel and shuttered its embassy in Tel Aviv shortly after the Oct. 7 Hamas pogrom, saying that the Pretoria government was “extremely concerned at the continued killing of children and innocent civilians” in Gaza.

In December, South Africa hosted two Hamas officials who attended a government-sponsored conference in solidarity with the Palestinians. One of the officials had been sanctioned by the US government for his role with the terrorist organization.

Earlier this month, members of South Africa’s Jewish community protested Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor’s recent call for students and university leaders to intensify the anti-Israel demonstrations that have engulfed college campuses across the US.

In January, the South African government failed in its bid to argue before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Israel’s defensive war in Gaza constituted a “genocide.” However, the top UN court last week ordered Israel to halt its military operations against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. The emergency ruling was part of South Africa’s ongoing case at the ICJ.

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