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  • What's up, Ye?

  • The fallout continues for Ye.

  • Formerly known as Kanye West, whose recent antisemitic comments have caused public outrage.

  • This morning, Adidas, which helped make the rapper's YEEZY shoe and clothing line a multibillion-dollar business, severed ties with him,

  • a major blow to his brand and bottom line, putting his career in jeopardy.

  • The company's decision comes just a few days after Ye taunted Adidas on the Drink Champs podcast.

  • I could say antisemitic things, and Adidas can't drop me.

  • Now what? Now what?

  • Adidas' decision caused Ye to lose $1.5 billion in net worth in one day.

  • Corporations just don't want to touch and engage and be in partnership with someone who spews such antisemitic rhetoric and ideology that is coming forward.

  • So, as a result, I don't know where Kanye West goes in, uh, building corporate partnerships from here.

  • Earlier this month, Ye was suspended from Twitter, where he has millions of followers, after tweeting that he was going to go, quote, "death con 3 on Jews".

  • ... exactly what our culture is based on.

  • Around the same time, unaired clips of Ye's interview with Fox's Tucker Carlson obtained by Vice News made rounds on the internet.

  • In one, he plays off a false antisemitic belief that Jews control the world's financial system.

  • I prefer my kids knew Hanukkah and Kwanzaaat least it will come with some financial engineering.

  • The tricky thing about antisemitism for a lot of people is that it is subtle and insidious by design.

  • He has repeatedly invoked a series of hateful and vicious stereotypes against Jewish people.

  • And he has engaged in the kind of rhetoric that can lead to real-world violence.

  • This past weekend, members of a neo-Nazi group unfurled banners about the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, one of the nation's busiest highways.

  • Other images show the demonstrations giving the Nazi salute.

  • I think we are seeing a spike in antisemitismor at least a rise.

  • This often happens at times of great tension in our societyblame the Jews, not whoever is in power.

  • According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitic incidents hit an all-time high in 2021⏤more than 2,700 cases of assault, harassment, and vandalismup 34% from 2020.

  • In this moment, in this context where the Jewish community feels vulnerable,

  • to see someone like Kanye West knowingly and intentionally increasing that vulnerability, it is inexcusable.

  • Adidas saying, in part, today, it, quote, "... does not tolerate antisemitism in any other sort of hate speech."

  • "Ye's recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful, and dangerous, and they violate the company's values."

  • The World Jewish Congress applauded Adidas' action, but not its two-week delay,

  • saying in a statement, the company's history "... is not disconnected from the dangers of antisemitism."

  • "During World War II, its factories produced supplies and weapons for the Nazi regime."

  • Many of Ye's other business partners acted swiftly in the wake of his antisemitic remarks.

  • Talent agency CAA dropped him as a client; fashion house Balenciaga ended their partnership with him.

  • Some celebrities like John Legend, Jamie Lee Curtis, Reese Witherspoon are also speaking out, condemning Ye's rhetoric.

  • Ye's ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, with whom he has four children, also posting, "Hate speech is never OK or excusable."

  • "I stand together with the Jewish community, and call on the terrible violence and hateful rhetoric towards them to come to an immediate end."

  • You know, there is a sense of sadness and tragedy when you think about individuals that have known him for so long;

  • for somebody to evolve an ideology to a place in space where he is now.

  • Antisemitism has been increasing over the last number of years, from "Jews will not replace us" to gunning us down in synagogue while we are praying.

  • Jews are really scared.

  • Seeing people like Kanye openly speak antisemitic tropes or continue to spread antisemitism, it makes me disappointed

  • Sit in the chair here; right there.

  • In New Jersey, 17-year-old Aaron Goodman is using new media to tell this old and terrifying story.

  • How does being a Holocaust survivor affect you today?

  • I am very upset by the antisemitism.

  • I've been running this TikTok for about a year, and over this year, I've amassed 4⏤450 to 500,000 followers and over 50 million views.

  • Tattooing was just a way to keep track of us.

  • This one-on-one interaction with a survivor, it's hard to find.

  • This (is) my first picture when I came back.

  • That survivor is Aaron's 85-year-old grandmother, Tova Friedman,

  • one of the last remaining people who's alive after living through the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

  • A "New York Times" bestseller was written about the story of her life, called "The Daughter of Auschwitz".

  • When I first came to the concentration camp, there was a smell that I couldn't understand what it was.

  • I never smelled anything like that, and I said, "Mom, what is that?"

  • And she said to meshe pointed to the crematorium, and she said to me, "Those are the burning bodies that have been gassed."

  • Tova vividly remembers being separated from her father at age five and accepting her new reality with her mother inside the death camp.

  • It was a complete and utter nightmare and you thought you'd wake up, but you didn't wake up.

  • Tova remembers one horrific day where she was corralled with a group of children.

  • The kids were going to beto the gas chamber.

  • And we went into the waiting room at the gas chamber. Waiting room!

  • And we waited and waited, and they yelled and screamed in German, and then they told us to go back.

  • I never found out why, but it was just pure luck that I didn't go through the door.

  • Shortly after, Auschwitz was liberated.

  • Tova was reunited with her mother and father, who miraculously survived,

  • - Here, right here... - ... but scores of her friends and family died in camps.

  • All the Auschwitz tattooed people, uh, those people were taken to all different camps all over Germany.

  • Today, as cases of antisemitism rise and become seemingly more accepted and normalized, Tova has a dire warning.

  • Hatred is hatred, and we have to be very, very careful what we're doing.

  • It doesn't stop with words; it's gonna continue with deeds, and before you know it, we have a massacre.

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