Ari Emanuel is encouraging companies that work with Kanye “Ye” West to break away from him following the rapper’s recent anti-Semitic remarks.
In a comment for the financial times Published online on Wednesday, Endeavor’s CEO wrote that West’s business partners, including companies that benefit from his music – such as Apple, Spotify, Adidas and his touring partners – should stop working with the star. Emanuel also said that Parler’s parent company, which announced West’s proposed acquisition of the right-wing social media platform on Monday, should refuse to sell it to him.
“West isn’t just any person — he’s a pop culture icon with millions of fans around the world,” Emanuel wrote. “And among them are young people whose views are still forming. It is therefore necessary that we all speak up. Hate and anti-Semitism should have no place in our society, no matter how much money is at stake.”
Emanuel’s essay referenced a 2006 article for which he had written HuffPost in which he said entertainment companies should stop working with Mel Gibson after he made anti-Semitic remarks during an arrest for drunk driving earlier this year. In his new comment, Emanuel explained that he has since recommended Gibson for roles after the actor publicly apologized and “felt obligated to understand the consequences of his actions,” and that he would be willing to help West do the same do.
“We’re all capable of learning and evolving, and if West wants to be educated on the history and consequences of anti-Semitism and the conspiracy theories he parrots, if he wants to reach out to religious leaders — including rabbis, Muslim leaders, Christians Guide – happy to help,” the mogul wrote.
Until then, Emanuel encouraged business leaders to speak out, and he commended his clients, LeBron James and Maverick Carter, for not conducting an interview with West that was taped for a talk series The store. Carter stated last week that the interview would be scrapped due to West’s use of hate speech.
“Those who continue to do business with West are giving voice to his misguided hatred,” Emanuel added. “There should be no tolerance anywhere for West’s anti-Semitism. This is a moment in history when the stakes are high and it is important to be open about and living our values. Silence and inaction are not an option.”