Kanye addresses anti-Semitic accusation

Published Saturday, 21 December 2013
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Kanye West has defended himself against allegations of anti-Semitism following a recent radio rant, insisting his controversial comments were meant as a compliment.

Kanye addresses anti-Semitic accusation

While discussing US president Barack Obama during an interview on radio station Power 105 last month, the outspoken rapper compared the financial advantages of the Jewish and Arab nations against black people, stating: "Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connections as oil people."

However, the comment sparked fury among several Jewish leaders with Abraham H. Foxman, Anti-Defamation League Director, stating: "This is classic anti-Semitism. There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better."

The Stronger hitmaker has since revisited his comments to address the accusation, and he insisted his words have been misunderstood.

He told the Chicago B96 radio station: "I thought that I was giving a compliment, but if anything, it came off more ignorant. When I said this comment about Jews having money and blacks not having money, I think that it was kind of like an ignorant compliment. I think it was an ignorant compliment."

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