Kanye West dropped by talent agency following antisemitic comments
The rapper formerly known as Kanye West has been dropped by his talent agency, and a completed documentary about him has been shelved, in the wake of his recent slew of antisemitic remarks.
The rapper, now known as Ye, has been dropped by Creative Artists Agency. News of the move, on Monday, came one day after the head of his old agency, UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer, condemned Ye in a companywide memo denouncing antisemitism, and in lockstep with word of the scrapped documentary.
"We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform," MRC studio executives Modi Wiczyk, Asif Satchu and Scott Tenley announced in a memo Monday.
Ye was recently restricted from posting on Twitter and Instagram over antisemitic posts that the social networks said violated their policies.
He has also suggested slavery was a choice and called the COVID-19 vaccine the "mark of the beast." Earlier this month, Ye was criticized for wearing a "White Lives Matter" T-shirt to the showing of his latest collection at Paris Fashion Week.
Wiczyk and Satchu are co-founders and co-CEOs of MRC Entertainment. Tenley is the chief business officer.
In their lengthy memo, Wiczyk, Satchu and Tenley reach deep into the history of antisemitism.
"Kanye is a producer and sampler of music. Last week he sampled and remixed a classic tune that has charted for over 3000 years — the lie that Jews are evil and conspire to control the world for their own gain. This song was performed acapella in the time of the Pharaohs, Babylon and Rome, went acoustic with The Spanish Inquisition and Russia's Pale of Settlement, and Hitler took the song electric. Kanye has now helped mainstream it in the modern era," they wrote.
Others in Hollywood, including Ye's estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, and other members of her family, have also condemned antisemitism.