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Kanye West and his fetish with Jewish foes

by Danielle Berrin

August 8, 2011 | 2:06 pm

Kanye West

I wonder if Kanye West has read Mein Kampf. My guess is that he hasn’t, because if he had, he probably wouldn’t liken himself to Hitler.

But that is just what he did during an appearance at the U.K. music festival Big Chill this past weekend, when the rapper ranted: “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m f—king insane, like I’m Hitler,” he told the crowd gathered at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire for the three-day music show.

According to CNN, the crowd responded by booing the outspoken buffoon.

No doubt some of West’s behavior (and even some of his music) could be considered oppressive. For instance, he doesn’t seem to like women very much. Remember the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when he wouldn’t let Taylor Swift get a word in edgewise? And then there was the release earlier this year of his “Monster” video which features a lot of dead women lying around in lingerie. I wouldn’t say he’s a model citizen; he may even be despised—and for good reason. In “Monster” he cries, “Everybody knows I’m a motherf———monster.”

Misogynistic, angry and insecure seem apt adjectives for the superstar rapper. But genocidal dictator? Not so much. The idea that West is “as evil” as Hitler is so preposterous a comparison I’m almost embarrassed to repeat it. If the two have anything in common, I’d say it’s sheer megalomania. But the guy does seem to have a thing for notorious enemies of the Jews: A lyric in “Monster” wonders: “Have you ever had sex with a Pharoah?”

Um, no thanks, I’ll pass.

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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