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'Not funny, antisemite': Kanye West's Twitter return with 'Shalom' backfires badly

Kanye West wrote 'Shalom’ in one of the first tweets of his comeback, which prompted netizens to remind him, 'You are universally hated'
Rapper Kanye West is now back on Twitter (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Rapper Kanye West is now back on Twitter (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kanye West made a grand return to Twitter after his account was blocked from the social media site due to his antisemitic statements. In one of his first tweets since the comeback, the rapper wrote "Shalom", the common Hebrew word used as a greeting or farewell salute and signifies peace, along with a smiling face. Many on Twitter, however, were not impressed with Ye’s comeback and his use of a Jewish word. 

One person wrote on Twitter, “So now it’s a joke? This is so ridiculous.” “Why is he using a Jewish phrase? He’s Christian,” another added. Someone wrote, “Fr he went too far…. After all his comments against Jewish people then he comes with this like nothing happened…. Like mocking…. Dude.” “We as a group just want love, someone says Shalom or Boker Tov and we get ecstatic, but you’re still antisemitic, that didn’t change, and a pretty Hebrew word isn’t a real sorry,” another user added. 


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Someone noted, “U know Shalom means both "hello" and also ‘piece’ right? U should start with ‘sorry’” “Not funny, antisemite. Go away. You are universally hated,” another remarked. After Ye's Twitter and Instagram accounts were blocked in October thanks to the backlash his antisemitic comments generated, a number of businesses severed connections with him, including Adidas, Balenciaga, and the renowned talent agency CAA.







Additionally, it was revealed earlier this month that Ye had settled with a former worker who claimed he had used antisemitic slurs at work. Ye's tweets from Sunday, November 20, coincided with the weekend's restoration of former President Donald Trump's Twitter account, which had been suspended for over two years. New Twitter boss Elon Musk restored the former president's account following a poll. Since January 6, 2021, Trump had been prohibited from the website after his inflammatory tweets contributed to the violent riots that were intended to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden's election as president. Trump hasn't yet used the account, however, after the unblock, while Ye wrote, "Testing Testing Seeing if my Twitter is unblocked."

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