October 25, 2022 at 05:33AM Kanye West dropped by talent agency
Hollywood talent agency CAA has stopped representing Kanye West after the rap superstar made a series of controversial social media posts about Jewish people. Film studio MRC has also abandoned a completed documentary on West, saying it “can’t support” his “unacceptable” views.
Hollywood gossip site Variety confirmed on Monday that West, who also goes by the moniker ‘Ye’, was recently dropped by CAA. The agency, which was previously accused of covering up infamous producer Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuses, did not release a statement on ending its relationship with West.
CAA is the second talent agency in as many days to distance itself from West. United Talent Agency, which represented the rapper before he returned to CAA earlier this year, released a statement on Sunday accusing West of “spew[ing] the plague”of anti-Semitism.
Meanwhile, CEO Ari Emanuel of entertainment firm Endeavor penned an op-ed calling on the entire corporate world, including Apple and Spotify, to sever ties with West. “Those who continue to do business with West are giving his misguided hate an audience,” Emanuel wrote.
Additionally, a group of MRC studio executives stated on Monday that they will no longer release a completed documentary on West, saying that they “cannot support any content that amplifies his platform.”
“Kanye is a producer and sampler of music,” they wrote. “Last week he sampled and remixed a classic tune that has charted for over 3,000 years — the lie that Jews are evil and conspire to control the world for their own gain.”
West has a long history of controversial opinions, and drew flak from his fellow celebrities when he emerged from a social media hiatus in 2018 as a committed supporter of former President Donald Trump. However, the latest furore began when he publicly accused fellow rapper Diddy of being controlled by Jewish people after Diddy criticized him for wearing a shirt with the slogan ‘White Lives Matter’.
Ye was then booted off Twitter and Instagram for threatening to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” and threatened with legal action by the family of George Floyd for claiming that he died of a fentanyl overdose. While traces of fentanyl were found in Floyd’s system, his cause of death was officially determined to be cardiopulmonary arrest after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes.
Adidas is on the hot seat to cut ties with Kanye West
“I can say antisemitic s*** and Adidas cannot drop me,” Kanye West said during his now infamous tirade against Jews during the Drink Champs Podcast earlier this month.
With a social media uproar focused on Adidas brewing, Ye’s theory is now being tested.
Here’s the deal: The list of brands distancing themselves from West is growing by the day. Balenciaga and Vogue publicly cut ties last week, and on Monday talent agency CAA dropped West as a client, and production company MRC said that it’s shelving a documentary on West. Now the scrutiny has shifted to the German sportswear giant and its long-standing partnership with the controversial artist.
Celebrities including Kat Dennings, Josh Gad and Meg Stalter condemned Adidas for sticking by West. Detlef Schrempf, former NBA sharpshooter and Adidas sponsoree wrote, “I represented the 3 stripes during my career & beyond. @adidas needs to make a statement NOW! Suspend any relationship w/ @kanyewest until he has received psychiatric help, but why wait? End it now. He won’t change #erasethehate.”
Jonathan Goldblatt of the ADL released a statement Monday aimed squarely at Adidas calling its failure to cut ties with West “pathetic.”
“Today on the 405 in Los Angeles. We are waiting @adidas,” read Shannon Watts’ tweet in response to the incident that received more than 100,000 likes.
Earlier this month after West wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt in public, Adidas said that it was reviewing its lucrative partnership with his Yeezy brand.
“After repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation, we have taken the decision to place the partnership under review,” the apparel maker said in a statement. “We will continue to co-manage the current product during this period.”
Bottom line: Since that statement, West has come out and targeted Jews explicitly in shocking public statements, becoming the most prominent openly anti-Semitic public figure in a generation.
With pressure mounting and West’s hate campaign against Jewish people continuing, it seems the question is when, not if, Adidas will cut ties.