Paul Stanley slams Kanye West over controversial antisemitic tweet

Paul Stanley and Kanye West
(Image credit: Paul Stanley: Kevin Mazur | Kanye West: Stephane Cardinale - Corbis)

Troubled rapper Kanye West has found himself in hot water with Kiss frontman Paul Stanley after tweeting an apparent antisemitic message. 

The tweet, which has since been removed by Twitter for violating its rules, read, "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 [sic] On JEWISH PEOPLE.  The funny thing is I can't actually be Anti Semitic because black people are actually JEW also you guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda."

Paul Stanley reacted to the rapper with a message of his own, saying, "Mental Illness IS a disease but should NEVER be used to minimise the danger of hate speech, advocating anti-semitism and violence against religions or ethnicities. We have found ways over centuries to rationalise this behaviour and viewed the atrocities that followed. SPEAK UP!"

West, has has 31 million followers on Twitter, was hospitalised in 2016 and 2019 following issues with his mental health, and has revealed that he suffers from bipolar disorder.

Other musicians to speak out against West's message included Disturbed frontman David Draiman, songwriter Diane Warren, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff and soul singer John Legend. 

The American Jewish Committee has also reacted to West's social media posts, which also included an exchange with fellow rapper P Diddy, in which he accused Diddy of being "controlled by Jewish people" 

“Kanye West has had a streak of rants this week that is remarkable even by his standards," said the organisation. "Ye needs to see that words matter, especially a vicious antisemitic comment that recently surfaced on social media.

“If he wants to have any credibility as a commentator on social issues, let alone as a musician, maybe he can start by figuring out how to make a point without fomenting hatred of Jews.”

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.