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Kanye West Was Briefly Suspended From Instagram for Hate Speech

On Wednesday, Kanye West had a 24-four suspension from Instagram after being flagged for hate speech, harassment and bullying.

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was forced to take a hiatus from Instagram on Wednesday. According to TMZ, Ye was flagged by Meta, and was not allowed to post, send DMs, or comment on other posts after being violating the platform’s policy on hate speech, harassment, and bullying.

The suspension followed a post from Ye where he used racial slurs directed towards Trevor Noah. A post about Noah came after The Daily Show host addressed Ye’s marriage to Kim Kardashian during a segment of his show on Tuesday.

“You may not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous,” Noah said. “But what she’s going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave.”
Noah also related Ye’s situation with Kardashian to witnessing his mother, Patricia, being abused when he was a child. In 2009, Patricia survived an attempted murder when Noah’s stepfather shot her in the head.
“As a society, we have to ask ourselves questions. Do we wish to stand by and watch a car crash when we thought we saw it coming?” Noah asked on The Daily Show.

In retaliation, Ye posted a screenshot of Noah’s Google search result that described him as a “South African comedian”. In the caption, Ye replaced the lyrics to spiritual “Kumbaya” with a racial slur. The post has since been deleted, but on Wednesday, Noah posted a lengthy response to Ye. The comedian also doubled down on his segment on The Daily Show, tweeting images of his statement.

“There are few artists who have had more of an impact on me than you Ye. You took samples and turned them into symphonies,” Noah wrote in his statement, according to The Wrap. “You took your pain and through the wire turned it into performance perfection. I thought differently about how I spend my money because of you, I learned to protect my child-like creativity from grown thoughts because of you, shit I still smile every time I put on my seatbelt because of you.”

“You’re an indelible part of my life Ye. Which is why it breaks my heart to see you like this,” he continued. “I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. I do however care when I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain.”

“Oh and as for K***…clearly some people graduate but we still stupid,” Noah added, referencing Ye’s verse from “Good Morning”. “Don’t ever forget, the biggest trick racists ever played on black people was teaching us to strip each other of our blackness whenever we disagree. Tricking us into dividing ourselves up into splinters so that we would never unite into a powerful rod. ✊🏽”

Ye’s post about Noah wouldn’t be the first time he’s been in hot water this month. After taking aim at Pete Davidson in the graphic stop-motion video for “Eazy”, Ye went to Instagram to defend his “freedom of speech.”

“Art is protected as freedom of speech. Art inspires and simplifies the world. Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm. Any suggestion otherwise about my art is false and mal intended [sic].”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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