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Podcast Appearance: Black Skinhead
My appearance on The Re-Education with Eli Lake, talking about the brilliant and bigoted Kanye West
My (first!) podcast appearance, talking with the great Eli Lake about Kanye West. We talk about:
The origin of Ye’s antisemitic ideas
Why antisemitism is distinct from other forms of bigotry
Ye’s unique artistic brilliance
Why great artists typically aren’t great political thinkers
The similarities of the ‘artist-addict’ and the mentally unhealthy artist
Whether social media companies should censor him
Whether his comments will noticeably increase antisemitism
Steel-manning Ye’s concerns about his management
I’m very happy with how this podcast went - Eli is as sharp as he is kind - though I was also nervous, so stumbled over some points, and left some important ones unsaid.
To make them now:
Though I think the impact of Ye’s antisemitism is not particularly significant on an individual level - particularly because of how obviously unwell or unsound he is - he contributes to a rising culture of antisemitism that has led to an uptick in violence and hate crimes, and it needs to be said how utterly repellent this is.
His Parler buy is a high-point for the grift of Candace Owens. She seemingly has no values other than self-enrichment, and no shame about how to achieve it, so has convinced a man in distress to burn his money buying a terrible company (both morally, technically, and financially), because her son-of-a-Lord husband is its CEO.