Kanye West Calls Comment About Jews An "Ignorant Compliment"
Kanye West expresses his respect for police officers and soldiers in response to his "Yeezus Tour" comparison.
During an appearance on Chicago radio station B96, G.O.O.D. Music rapper Kanye West took some time to clarify a handful of comments he made recently, specifically remarks he made about Jewish people in a November interview with New York’s Power 105.1. While speaking with the radio station Kanye said that, “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people.”
During his conversation with B96’s Stylz and Roman, Kanye discussed his comments made about Jewish people last month and referred to his remarks as “an ignorant compliment.”
“I think that it was kind of like an ignorant compliment, Kanye West said. "I don’t know how being told that you have money is like an insult. That would be like if somebody complimented black guys and said, ‘All black guys got big penises.’ And then you don’t want to be the black guy who raises his hand and says like, ‘That’s not true. I got proof!’”
Kanye also addressed a recent comparison he made about his tour life and the life of a police officer or solider. During a radio interview with SaturdayNightOnline.com this month, 'Ye sakd, “When I think about when I’m on the 'Can't Tell Me Nothing,' and 'Coldest Winter' moment, like that mountain goes really, really high. And if I slipped…You never know. And I think about it. I think about my family and I'm like, 'Wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.'"
While speaking on the comment, Kanye explained that he was putting police officers and soldiers in the highest regard with what he said. He also suggested that only the most controversial, “awkward” parts of his interviews receive the most publicity.
“In all the interviews that I’ve been doing recently, there’s so much motivation, inspiration, and insight," Kanye said. "And what they’ll do is just take this one sound bite that sounds the most, you know, awkward in a way…I think that yeah, we can compare ourselves to whoever we want to compare ourselves. So, when I do the comparison of soldiers or police officers or on a different side, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. What I’m saying is to not look at it like I’m some celebrity that’s just sitting back and not working and not fighting and not contributing something to society. Like no, this is a contribution. Even just my messaging I put myself at risk [in a way]…So, when I say a soldier or police officer what I’m saying is that I look at that as the highest form of contribution to society.”
Kanye’s comparison drew the attention of a police chief in Ohio who penned an open letter to the Windy City rapper. In his letter, the police chief referred to Kanye as being “as misguided as they come” and concluded his words to Kanye with, “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.”
Audio from Kanye's interview with Stylz and Roman can be found at CBS Local.