On October 8, 2022, prominent American record producer, rapper, and fashion icon Ye, better known as Kanye West, whose My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was voted Pitchfork’s third-best album of the past twenty-five years, tweeted that he was “going death con 3 [sic]” on “JEWISH PEOPLE [sic].”

Kanye, a former presidential candidate, and ex-husband of household-name socialite Kim Kardashian is an A-list celebrity. Most A-list celebrities have handlers—people who vet their social media posts, for example—to protect their brand. Brand safety is a whole career field now.

Kanye, however, appears to have eschewed the help and advice of whoever remains in his shrinking circle of adorers. He followed up his inflammatory tweet with an interview conducted by disgraced Sandy Hook denier and lizard-people-conspiracy-theorist Alex Jones, who appeared almost normal by comparison.

“I like Hitler,” Kanye said, his face entirely obscured by a black fabric mask he wore throughout
the interview.

“I don’t think Hitler was a good guy … I get the Hugo Boss uniforms; amazing,” Jones equivocated. “But can we just kinda say, you like the uniforms, but that’s about it?”

“There’s a lot of things I love about Hitler. A lot of things,” said Kanye.