Yeh, the artist known for several anti-Semitic remarks and formerly known as Kanye West, thanked actor Jonah Hill for helping him “love Jews again” in a head-scratching Instagram post early Saturday.
The rapper, who infamously praised Nazi leader Adolf Hitler nearly four months ago, wrote that his feelings changed after watching Hill, who was raised Jewish, in the 2012 comedy 21 Jump Street.
“No one should feel anger towards one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people,” Yeh wrote.
On Twitter, users criticized the post and questioned how would a movie, of all things, bring about that kind of change in thinking.
Ye’s comments come after the Anti-Defamation League released a report this week detailing anti-Semitic incidents that occurred in the U.S. in 2022. The group counted 59 incidents that “directly referenced” Ye beginning in October. when he began making “numerous damaging, conspiratorial statements about the Jews.”
These include acts of vandalism, harassment and assault, the ADL found.
Overall, the number of anti-Semitic incidents hit an all-time high in the US last year, the group said, with nearly 3,700 reported.
“These data confirm what Jewish communities across the country have felt and seen firsthand — and are consistent with the rise of anti-Semitic attitudes,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and national director, said in a press release about the report.