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Kanye West suspended from Instagram for 24 hours

The rapper violated the platform's policy on hate speech, bullying and harassment after taking aim at 'The Daily Show' host Trevor Noah

By Hollie Geraghty

Kanye West at the 2020 Oscars
Kanye West. CREDIT: Alamy

Kanye West has been suspended from Instagram for 24 hours after he posted a racial slur aimed at ‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah.

West violated the platform’s policy on hate speech, bullying and harassment, according to Meta, meaning he is now restricted from using Instagram for 24 hours.

The rapper, who now goes by Ye, shared the post yesterday (March 16), after Noah addressed the rapper’s recent behaviour in relation to his estranged former wife Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson.

“You may not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous,” Noah said in a ‘Daily Show’ segment. “But what she’s going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave.”

West responded by sharing the lyrics to a song in which he replaced one word with the racial slur “k**n”.

Noah responded to the rapper by commenting on his post, writing: “There are few artists who have had more of an impact on me than you Ye. You took samples and turned them into symphonies.”

“You took your pain and through the wire turned it into performance perfection. I thought differently about how I spend my money because of you, I learned to protect my child-like creativity from grown thoughts because of you, s**t I still smile every time I put on my seatbelt because of you.”

He continued: “You’re an indelible part of my life Ye. Which is why it breaks my heart to see you like this. I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. I do however care when I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain.”

“Oh and as for K**n…clearly some people graduate but we still stupid,” he said, addressing the racial slur. “Don’t ever forget, the biggest trick racists ever played on black people was teaching us to strip each other of our blackness whenever we disagree. Tricking us into dividing ourselves up into splinters so that we would never unite into a powerful rod.”

West has been criticised in recent weeks for his public posts about his divorce with Kardashian, also attacking Davidson directly.

In one stunt that brought widespread condemnation, he took aim at the ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian in the music video for his song ‘Eazy’, which saw him burying a claymation head with a resemblance to Davidson.