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Kanye West tweets swastika, Elon Musk suspends his Twitter account

After posting an image of a swastika intertwined with a Star of David, Kanye West was banned from the social media platform

By Charisma Madarang

Ye is seen, outside Kenzo, during Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2022-2023, on January 23, 2022 in Paris, France. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images
Ye is seen, outside Kenzo, during Paris Fashion Week - Menswear F/W 2022-2023, on January 23, 2022 in Paris, France. CREDIT: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

After praising Adolf Hitler in a Thursday afternoon interview with conspiracy theorist Alex JonesKanye West took to Twitter to share an image of a swastika intertwined with a Star of David later that night.

Appearing to promote his supposed presidential campaign (which has yet to be filed with the Federal Election Commission), West accompanied the image with the tweet, “YE24 LOVE EVERYONE #LOVESPEECH.”

The photoshopped image of the swastika was one of multiple tweets he fired off on Thursday night following his interview with the Infowars host. (Jones was ordered by a jury to pay $965 million in a defamation suit by the families of victims in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.)

Throughout the night West posted videos while seemingly driving through Florida as he listened to his own music, and posted support for Balenciaga amid the company’s recent controversy, while also bashing porn and cancel culture. In one tweet, he wrote, “Remove any and all forms of pornography from Twitter and every platform Pornography is the product of pediphilia,” which was followed by, “The use of Porn destroyed my family but Jesus will heal everything.”

Earlier this month, Adidas launched a probe after a Rolling Stone exposé included reports of Yeezy team members claiming West showed pornography to prospective and existing employees.

In a separate post, West defended the fashion company embroiled in an ad scandal involving children. “I stand by Balenciaga and denounce all witch hunts and I cancel cancel culture Jesus is King Ending trafficking doesn’t start or end with a fashion campaign for Christ Sake,” he tweeted.

Less than 10 minutes after, he shared an apparent text exchange with Elon Musk. In the two screenshots, the Twitter owner appeared to tell West, “Sorry, but you have gone too far. This is not love,” in reference to the photoshopped image of the swastika and Star of David. In response, West texted, “Who made you the judge.”

In his second to last post before signing off, West tweeted, “Let’s break one last window before we get outa here I caught this guy with Kim Good night,” next to a photo of Phoenix Suns star, Chris Paul.

To wrap up the Twitter storm, West shot back at Musk with a shirtless photo of the Tesla CEO in swimming trunks getting hosed down on a boat, writing, “Let’s always remember this as my final tweet #ye24.”

West has been in a stream of controversy spurred by his Yeezy fashion show in October in which he wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt. Since then, he has accused the “Jewish media” of censoring him and having an agenda against him. After threatening to go “death con 3 on Jewish people,” several companies cut ties with West including JP Morgan Chase, CAA, Vogue, and Balenciaga.

In response to Kanye’s Twitter spree on Thursday, Elon Musk, a self-described free speech absolutist, issued a statement: “I tried my best. Despite that, he again violated our rule against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.”

A few beats later, West was banned from the social media platform and Musk tweeted, “FAFO.” Looks like the Twitter CEO will be the judge after all.

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