Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Kanye West receiving his honorary degree
In 2004, Kanye West was released College dropout. Today, he is now without his honorary degree.
After weeks of anti-Semitic remarks, the prestigious art school revoked Kanye West’s diploma from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago – which he earned in 2015.
“The School of the Art Institute of Chicago condemns and denies Kanye West’s (now known as Ye) anti-black, anti-Semitic, racist, and dangerous statements, particularly those directed at the black and Jewish communities. Ye’s actions are inconsistent with SAIC’s mission and values,” school spokesperson Bre Witt shared in a statement. , as mentioned before Chicago Tribune.
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Ye, a native of Chicago, received his Ph.D. in 2015. As SAIC President Elisa Tenney wrote in a letter across the school (as initially reported by TMZ), Ye was awarded the diploma “in recognition of his technical accomplishments up to that time,” but “his disturbing behaviors.” and his “dangerous statements” since then made his image “inconsistent” with the school’s “society values”.
Reclaiming the degree is just the latest domino in a series of consequences for West – who last week told InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones that he believes “every human being has something of value to bring to the table, especially Hitler.” He also added: “I love Hitler.” During the show, West said the Nazis “did good things, too; We have to stop demonizing the Nazis all the time.” Hitler murdered nearly six million European Jews and at least five million prisoners of war.
West has faced intense scrutiny for anti-Semitic comments he made on Twitter in October, and in numerous podcasts and TV profiles since. The musician has also been criticized for his false allegations regarding the death of George Floyd, and what many have described as bullying towards him. Vogue magazine Gabriella Karefa-Johnson edited on Oct.
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During the Yeezy Season 9 show at Paris Fashion Week in early October, West wore a long-sleeved T-shirt emblazoned with the words “White Lives Matter,” considered a “hate slogan” by the Anti-Defamation League, along with the right-wing guru. Candace Owens.
In recent months, West’s billionaire status has plummeted after losing deals with Adidas, Balenciaga and Gap.
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Recently, Elon Musk suspended Ye from Twitter — where he was suspended before — after the artist posted a photo of a swastika inside a Star of David. “I did my best, though,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Dec. 2. “Once again violated our rules against incitement to violence. Account will be suspended.”
West had previously been blocked on Twitter in October for a tweet in which he said he planned to go to a “Death con [sic] 3 on the Jewish people.” Recalculated in November.
President Joe Biden has since issued a denunciation of anti-Semitism a day after the West’s comments about “Hitler” and his uploading of swastikas on Twitter.
“I just want to make a few things clear: The Holocaust happened,” Biden wrote. “Hitler was a diabolical figure. Instead of giving it a platform, our political leaders should call out and reject anti-Semitism wherever it may be. Silence is complicity.”