Kanye West has claimed he lost $2 billion in a single day as companies have continued to sever ties with the rapper following his anti-Semitic remarks.
The rapper, 45, returned to Instagram on Thursday after his account was restricted earlier this month following his series of shocking posts.
Discussing the backlash, West – known legally as Ye – insisted that ‘money is not who I am as he penned a ‘love letter’ to Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel, who had called for West to be dropped by all major brands.
In a post captioned ‘LOVE SPEECH’, he penned: ‘Ari Emanuel, I lost 2 billion dollars in one day and I’m still alive. This is love speech. I still love you. God still loves you. Money is not who I am. The people is who I am.’
In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Endeavor co-CEO Emanuel wrote that there should be ‘no tolerance anywhere for West’s anti-Semitism’ and encouraged brands to full-stop cease partnering and working with the designer.
‘Apple and Spotify, which host West’s music, whoever organizes West’s tours, and Adidas, which collaborates with West on his fashion line, should all stop working with him,’ wrote Emanuel – essentially calling for a blacklisting.
‘Silence is dangerous,’ continued Emanuel. ‘It allows forms of hatred and racism, including anti-Semitism, to spread and become normalized. It coarsens and degrades our society and country.’
Emanuel, himself Jewish, is widely considered to be one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry. West has repeatedly blamed the ‘Jewish media’ and ‘Jewish community’ in the music industry for toying with him.
West poked fun at the backlash on Thursday as he posted a fake news headline that read: ‘Ye Has Reportedly Cut Ties With Kanye West,’ adding in the caption: ‘Had to cut ties bro.’
Rapper 50 Cent – real name Curtis Jackson – then posted his own version of the joke, informing the world that ‘Curtis Jackson has reportedly cut ties with 50 Cent.’
He captioned the post: ‘I’m getting rid of anybody who can get me fvcked up like kanye right now ! LOL.’
West then deleted his original post and shared 50 Cent’s meme while requesting they join forces to bring his Donda Academy to Houston, Texas, where 50 Cent resides.
‘We got Donda school designs we need to build with 50 in Houston,’ he penned.