CAA Severs Ties With Kanye ‘Ye’ West

Agency drops the artist after his controversial anti-Semitic comments

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Talent agency CAA has severed ties with Kanye “Ye” West, the organization said Monday.

The decision came after outcry over the rapper’s anti-Semitic rants, which had led to him being dropped by Balenciaga and locked out of his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE,” the rapper wrote on Oct. 10 in a now-deleted tweet, while also claiming that he “can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also.”

The news, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, also comes on the heels of MRC announcing it has canceled its Kanye “Ye” West documentary.

“This morning, after discussion with our filmmakers and distribution partners, we made the decision not to proceed with any distribution for our recently completed documentary about Kanye West. We cannot support any content that amplifies his platform,” MRC said in a letter shared with TheWrap.

“The silence from leaders and corporations when it comes to Kanye or anti-Semitism in general is dismaying but not surprising,” the letter also stated, likely referring to Adidas’ refusal to cut ties with Ye. “What is new and sad, is the fear Jews have about speaking out in their own defense.”

The letter was signed by founders Mordecai Wiczyk and Asif Satchu, and CEO Scott Tenley.