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Studio Shelves Kanye West Project Due to Anti-Semitic Statements

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MRC calls off completed Kanye West documentary over his latest anti-Semitic statements.

CEOs Modi Wiczyk, Asif Satchu and COO Scott Tenley announced the decision on Monday. In an open letter, the studio accused musicians of “mainstreaming” anti-Semitism in the modern world.

“This morning, after discussion with our filmmakers and distribution partners, we made the decision not to proceed with any distribution for our recently completed documentary about Kanye West,” the letter read. 

“We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform.” 

The letter describes the reason behind the documentary’s shelving.

“Kanye is a producer and sampler of music,” the statement added. 

“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.” 

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Anti-Semitic Remarks

The trio said many “lies” supported anti-Semitic rhetoric.

“If you support Israel’s right to exist, you are racist. If you are [a] Jew, you support Israel’s right to exist. Therefore, if you are Jewish, you are racist.” 

The execs said: And, “as leaders of this company (a Jew, a Muslim, and a Christian), we feel duty bound to say to all of you this is a pernicious, terrible use of false logic.” 

“If you hear or encounter the perpetuation of these intolerances and falsehoods, please let us know,” Wiczyk and the two ended. “It is totally unacceptable. And to those who are afraid to use their voice, hopefully this encourages you to do so.” 

But the studio did not provide a statement about West’s involvement in the project.

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Netflix Will Not Take Down

Recently, a Netflix documentary titled jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy featured the rapper. Despite MRC’s decision, a Netflix source said jeen-yuhs would remain on the streaming platform. 

The source stressed the difference between the subject and the project’s creator, noting there is no anti-Semitism in the doc. It added that the streaming company has had other docs featuring personalities who became controversial. But they had never pulled the titles for it. 

Early this month, West sent shockwaves over multiple comments about Jewish people on social media. The controversial remarks included a screenshot conversation with Sean “Diddy” Combs that seemed to say Jewish people are manipulating Combs. As a result, he was ultimately restricted from Instagram and Twitter.

Furthermore, during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, the rapper made another controversial statement. He implied that Donald Trump’s previous senior advisor Jared Kushner – a Jewish – represented peace agreements in Israel “to make money.” 

Balenciaga and West have a good relationship as they collaborated on the Yeezy Gap line for many years. However, the fashion powerhouse has cut ties with the rapper. Moreover, his talent agency, CAA, has also left him in the air.

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