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Trump-supporting rap superstar Kanye West is poised to buy social media platform Parler.
“Kanye West is acquiring Parler, the alternative social media platform favored by many conservatives,” CNN reported.
“Parler’s parent company announced the deal on Monday morning, saying West had made ‘a groundbreaking move into the free speech media space and will never have to fear being removed from social media again’,” the report added.
“The acquisition comes after West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, had his account temporarily locked by Twitter this month over an antisemitic tweet,” the report noted.
In the now-deleted tweet, West had said: “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE. The funny thing is I actually can’t 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.”
West was fresh off a tour with prominent conservatives Candace Owens and Tucker Carlson before making the incendiary remarks. Owens has defended West’s remarks.
She said on her Daily Wire podcast that “people subsequently demanded that the tweet be taken down for anti-Semitism. Now, if you are an honest person, you did not think this tweet was anti-Semitic.”
Owens’ husband also happens to be Parler’s CEO, George Farmer.
The CEO of Parler happens to be Candace Owens’s husband George Farmer. Earlier this month, Ye and Candace made headlines for their “twinning” ‘White Lives Matter’ tees. 👀 pic.twitter.com/qTNAoDYinE
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) October 17, 2022
Parler was infamously removed from Amazon’s AWS servers in January 2021 following the contested presidential election, supposedly over the users having played a role in the Capitol riots. An investigation found that many of the rioters had organized their attendance at the capitol on January 6 on Facebook.
Kanye was also debanked by Chase Bank over his arguably anti-Semitic comments, prompting fear by many that this is an escalation of further censorship of Trump supporters. Big banks have not publicly debanked leftists who have made anti-Semitic remarks, such as singer Nick Cannon, Lebron James, Al Sharpton, or Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. However, popular Twitter personality Catturd was recently debanked by Bank of America, apparently for no other reason that he is an influential supporter of Donald Trump.
West had made recently comments in support of Donald Trump on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ one of the top primetime cable news shows.
In the course of the exclusive Fox News interview, Kanye revealed that he was warned about the death threats he would get if he publicly supported Trump.
“How, when did you start to feel this way?” Tucker asked. “When did you start to realize this?”
“I really felt like… I think I started to really feel this need to express myself on another level when Trump was running for office and I liked him,’ Kanye said.
“And every single person in Hollywood, from my ex-wife to my mother-in-law, to my manager at that time, to, you know, my so-called friends ‘slash’ handlers around me told me, like, ‘if I said that I like Trump, that my career would be over, that my life would be over’,” Kanye went on. “They said stuff like, ‘People get killed for wearing a hat like that. They threaten my life. They put my life,’ they basically said that ‘I would be killed for wearing a hat.’ I had a someone call me last night and said, ‘anybody wearing a White Lives Matter shirt is gonna be greenlit, and that means that they’re gonna beat them up if they wear it. And I’m like, you know, okay, greenlight me then.”
It turns out you can be de-banked, censored, and banned for supporting Donald Trump. No wonder Kanye wants to buy Parler.