Kiss member Paul Stanley says Kanye’s mental illness is no excuse for hate speech
KISS frontman Paul Stanley has insisted that mental illness is no excuse for Kanye West’s anti-Semitic outbursts.
West’s Instagram and Twitter accounts were locked last weekend after he shared posts that violated both platforms’ guidelines – including comments targeting fellow rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs accusing ‘Jews’ of telling him to call and “threaten or influence me”.
He later doubled down on the anti-Semitic comments by tweeting that he was, “going dead con 3 (sic) on JEWS”.
The comments were widely condemned by the likes of Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Legend and Jack Antonoff, as well as leaders of Jewish community organizations.
However, some have expressed concern that a mental health episode could be behind the comments, as West has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the latest comments came amid a series of erratic behaviors.
Paul Stanley, who is Jewish, has been supportive in the past when West has been criticized for his actions, but tweeted that mental illness cannot be used as a pass to spread hate.
“Mental illness IS a disease but should NEVER be used to downplay the danger of hate speech, advocating anti-Semitism and violence against religions or ethnicities,” he wrote. “Over the centuries, we have found ways to rationalize this behavior and observe the atrocities that followed. SPEAK !”
Kanye West shocked fans last week when he wore a “White Lives Matter” shirt during an appearance at Paris Fashion Week, sparking backlash.
He later doubled down on his views during a Fox News interview and made an incendiary comment about Lizzo’s weight.