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Recording artist and songwriter Kanye West wants to take back an “ignorant
compliment” he made about Jews, saying he didn’t mean it.
He told the
Chicago-based radio station B96 on Thursday that he was unaware his comment
comparing Jews and Blacks would be so ill-received, adding that it was taken the
“I thought I was giving a compliment, but if anything it came
off more ignorant,” he said. “I don’t know how being told you have money is an
He said that he’d like to officially “take that statement
West defended US President Barack Obama against critics
November, mainlining that the American leader lacks the connections of the
Speaking on The Breakfast Club morning radio program on
New York hip-hop and R&B station Power 105.1, West said: “Let me tell you
something about George Bush and oil money, and Obama and no money. People want
to say Obama can’t make these moves, or he’s not executing. That’s because he
ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of
connections as Jewish people.
Black people don’t have the same
connections as oil people. You know we don’t know nobody that got a nice house.
You know we don’t know nobody with paper like that, that we can go to when we’re
The incident did not mark the first time that West had made
comments which raised eyebrows among Jews.
In 2011, he was booed at a
concert in England after comparing himself to Hitler.