Kanye “Ye” West declared late Friday night, “Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again,” reversing his recent antisemitic statements that led to him being dropped by several brands, including longtime collaborator Adidas.
“Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump street made me like Jewish people again. No one should take anger against one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people. No Christian can be labeled antisemite knowing Jesus is Jew,” West wrote in an Instagram post.
“Thank you Jonah Hill I love you,” he added.
Chris Miller, who co-directed the movie with Phil Lord, responded on Instagram with the hesitant message, “Um… thanks for watching?”
In February, the Anti-Defamation League found that Ye had inspired at least 30 antisemitic incidents in the previous four months, many accompanied by the slogan, “Ye Is Right.”
“Kanye West’s repeated antisemitic remarks – and his dredging up some of the worst anti-Jewish tropes imaginable – doubtlessly are having an impact and inspiring people to commit real-world acts of hate,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt told TheWrap last month. “Celebrities and others who engage in spreading hateful tropes need to know their words have consequences. Unfortunately, Kanye’s decision to continue to peddle hatred against Jews is only giving encouragement to people who are already infected with hate.”
In December, Elon Musk reversed Ye’s previous Twitter ban but suspended his account shortly after the rap star posted a Swastika tweet.
As of Saturday morning, Hill, who played undercover cop Morton Schmidt in the 2012 comedy and its sequel, had yet to comment on the rapper’s declaration of love and newfound tolerance.
People on Twitter anticipated Hill’s confused reaction with memes galore.