Kanye West’s anti-Semitic comments draw celebrity backlash: Bella Hadid, Jamie Lee Curtis, David Schwimmer condemn rapper

Bella Hadid joined the chorus of celebrities, including Jamie Lee Curtis, condemningKanye West about the anti-Semitic comments he made on social media.

The Donda the artist sounded the alarm at the weekend when he made the remarks, following his controversial performance at Paris Fashion Week, where he Launched “White Lives Matter” T-shirts at the back.

West, who has now gone by Ye, restricted his Instagram account to the post he shared, which he later switched to Twitter. He tweeted that he was going to “kill 3 Jews”.

It is likely that this is a reference to DEFCON 3 – the US military’s warning system. West has been restricted both on Instagram and Twitter.

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Kanye West attends Celine's show during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 on September 28, 2014 in Paris, France.
West made the comment first on Instagram, and then on Twitter. He has his account restricted on both platforms. (Getty)

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Hadid is the latest celebrity to condemn the rapper.

Sharing a lengthy post on her Instagram Stories on Wednesday, Hadid, 26, spoke out about the growing anti-Semitism she’s noticed over the past few weeks.

“Having to say that over the past two days, it’s been hard to celebrate my birthday or not think about the things that have been posted on the street or said on public platforms that I’m going to lie,” the model wrote. Her birthday is on October 9.

Hadid said she finds it very difficult to celebrate her birthday amid the troubling anti-Semitic comments online. (Getty)

“To allow any form of anti-Semitism to pass as the world becomes more and more insensitive, it would be detrimental to my friends, the family I grew up with, the people I loved and worked with. , myself, and even the Palestinian Cause in general.”

“Because what we stand for is NOT hatred or violence. I will continue to be a voice for innocent targets no matter who you are or where you come from.”

Hadid went on to encourage her followers to speak out against racism, calling anti-Semitism and discrimination the “biggest downfall” of the world.

Bella Hadid condemns anti-Semitism and seems critical of Kanye West.
Hadid shared a lengthy series of posts on her Instagram Stories condemning the anti-Semitism she has observed over the past few weeks. (Instagram / @bellahadid)

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis also shared her shock at West’s words in an interview with US TV show Today.

Curtis claimed that she “wake up and burst into tears” after reading West’s deleted post.

“‘DEFCON 3 about the Jews?” What are you doing?” she said. “I mean, it’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise around the world, but on Twitter? On a portal to pour that in, as if the Jews weren’t tough enough yet.”

Watch the clip of Jamie Lee Curtis responding to West above.

Curtis got emotional in an interview when he recalled how he felt reading West’s tweet. (Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)

Curtis explained that her late father, actor Tony Curtis, was the son of Hungarian-Jewish immigrants.

“I woke up and I thought, ‘My grandparents?’,” she recalled seeing West’s tweet.

“It’s just disgusting behaviour. It’s disgusting behaviour. I hope he gets help. I hope his children get help from him. It’s terrible.” she said.

David Schwimmer comes to TCA FX Winter 2016
Friends actor David Schwimmer was one of the first to publicly condemn West. (Rich Fury / Invision / AP)

Friend Actor David Schwimmer, whose family is Jewish, also shared a response.

Sharing a post that reads “goodbye,” Schwimmer, 55, wrote: “Anti-Semitism is on the rise globally. Jews make up only 2.4% of the US population but are victims. of more than 60% of all hate crimes against religion.”

He continued: “Whether Kanye West is mentally ill or not, there’s no denying that he’s a bigot. His hate speech calls for violence against Jews. If you interpret his words in any other way and defend him, guess you are being racist.

“If we don’t call someone as influential as Kanye for divisive, ignorant and anti-Semitic words then we are complicit. Silence is complicity,” his post ended.

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The post has since received more than 330,000 likes, including one from former co-star Jennifer Aniston. Schwimmer has comments turned off.

Moved by Schwimmer’s words, Will & Grace Actress Debra Messing, who is also Jewish, decided to return his feelings.

“THANK YOU @_schwim,” Messing wrote along with a screenshot of his original post.

“As you so eloquently and forcefully wrote, if we don’t condemn the inciting, dangerous, ignorant, disgusting words of #kanyewest – we are complicit.

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She continued: “I humbly ask that non-Jews in marginalized communities who have felt my support in the past, PLEASE speak up. It hurts. It hurts when only other Jews are protesting against this violent racism and cruel anti-Semitism. Thank you & Shalom.”

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