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After months of anti-Semitic remarks and threats to "death con 3 on Jewish people," rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West) has come forward to say his views have changed. According to him, Jonah Hill's acting in 21 Jump Street has made him appreciate Jewish people once again.
Kanye West has demonstrated an extraordinary change of heart after sharing offensive antisemitic comments that caused controversy and cost him business deals with social media platforms and fashion brands.
Kanye West recently declared his change of heart about Jews after watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street. According to West, Hill's performance in 2012 changed his opinion regarding anti-Semitism and caused him to "like Jewish people again".
Last year, West sparked an anti-Semitic backlash after posting several comments wishing death on Jews and praising Adolf Hitler. As a result, social media platforms suspended him twice, brands like Adidas and Balenciaga discontinued their deals with him, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago revoked his honorary degree.
Now, he has posted his first Instagram post in months and wants everyone to know that he has changed his tune regarding anti-Semitism. Jonah Hill's performance as Jonah in 21 Jump Street had made him "like Jewish people again."
Unfortunately, Kanye West's PR comeback seems to be a hollow attempt and won't be enough to atone for his past hateful statements and actions against Jews.
Last year, Ye (aka Ye on his social media accounts) made several rants that sent his once-popular public image into a downward spiral. He was suspended from social media multiple times, lost many major brand deals, and even had his honorary degree revoked by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In October 2022, the rapper was banned from Twitter for posting a series of anti-Semitic rants that included "I'm going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE" and pictures of Swastikas. Additionally, he appeared on far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' podcast in which he praised Adolf Hitler.
Kanye West Deplores Jonah Hill in "21 Jump Street," Declaring That Jonah Hill Has "Made Me Like Jewish People Again"
Kanye West recently shared on Instagram that Jonah Hill's role in the 2012 film 21 Jump Street had drastically shaped his opinion of Jews. He claims that watching the film made him appreciate them again and will no longer take anti-Semitism as seriously as before.
On Friday, the rapper and Heartless singer shared an Instagram post commemorating his transformation in opinion about Judaism. Writing alongside a poster from 21 Jump Street, the post reads, "Watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street made me like Jewish people again" alongside another poster depicting the same scene from the 2012 film.
"21 Jump Street," originally a series on 1980s television network MTV, followed a group of inexperienced cops as they went undercover at a high school. In 2012, this series was adapted into a film.
Jonah Hill has since achieved success as an actor, featuring in films such as Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, he stars in the recently released You People directed by Kenya Barris with Hill co-writing it.
You People is a Netflix rom-com that stars Hill and Lauren London as a Jewish couple who fall in love while trying to reconcile their cultural differences. The Netflix film, set for release in December, explores modern relationships and societal expectations through their star-crossed lovers' eyes.
Critics were reluctant to give the film a fair review, with some even disputing its CGI-generated kiss between Hill and London as unrealistic. Others noted that it lacks insight and serves as an uninsightful throwback to days gone by.
Kanye West reportedly "liked Jewish people again" after watching Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street. He posted a photo of the 2012 movie's promotional poster on Instagram late Friday night (March 24).
Jonah Hill is a white man with an extensive and storied acting career, from The Wolf of Wallstreet (2014) to Moneyball (2012). He has starred in numerous important culturally significant films and earned two Oscar nominations.
His latest film, You People, is a slapstick rom-com directed by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Starring Hill and Lauren London as Ezra Cohen and Amira Mohammed who meet through an awkward rideshare mix-up. They fall in love quickly and tie the knot six months later - but Amira's parents (Eddie Murphy and Nia Long) are strict Muslims who see her as unsuitable for marriage.
They're not alone in their worries. Hill's mother (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) holds fast to her progressive-blue values and she and Eddie are determined to protect their daughter from sexual predators.
These families, which are clearly meant to be dysfunctional, must confront modern love and family dynamics amid clashing cultures, societal expectations and generational differences.
Jonah Hill and Lauren London make for an uncomfortable watch, their characters lacking authenticity or even realness. But this slapstick rom-com also hopes to make a point about racial tolerance through humor.
Though it may be a bit unrealistic to present a well-meaning Jewish woman as the biggest obstacle to racial harmony, this documentary still provides an entertaining and thought-provoking look at an issue that's been overshadowed in the media by Kanye West's recent rants.
Kanye West Says Jonah Hill in "21 Jump Street" "Made Me Like Jewish People Again"
Last year, disgraced former rapper Kanye West went on a series of anti-Semitic tirades that caused sportswear giant Adidas to cut ties with him and other brands to distance themselves from him. His most recent Instagram post -- posted late Friday night and early Saturday morning -- was an attempt to reverse those remarks.
As it turned out, Kanye's new statement was in response to an Instagram post from 21 Jump Street director Christopher Miller that had him laughing with delight as he shared that Hill "made me like Jewish people again."
It's worth noting how quickly the film moves along, establishing Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) as a disgraced former reporter searching for redemption when he hears Christian Longo (James Franco), on the run after murdering his family, is using his identity.
They meet in prison, where they begin talking and the film quickly turns into a story about their relationship as well as their struggle to comprehend one another's complex emotions. It's an engaging, intelligent, and entertaining movie that deserves your attention - definitely worth watching!
Jonah Hill was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of a fashion designer mother and tour accountant father. He attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica before continuing on to The New School in New York City.
Kanye West's performance as Jonah Hill in the 2012 comedy 21 Jump Street may have had a major influence on him when it came to developing an opinion about Jewish people. On Friday (March 24), Ye posted on Instagram that watching Hill perform had caused him to have a change of heart about antisemitism.
Hill, born Jonah Hill Feldstein, does not identify himself as Jewish; however, he was raised as one and has spoken about his religious views from time to time. Additionally, he played a character in The Wolf of Wall Street whose character was partially inspired by a Jewish man.
Hill's Netflix movie You People, which will be available to stream January 27, follows a white podcaster who falls in love with a Black woman who happens to be Muslim. As such, they must navigate cultural clashes in the film which has been likened to 1967 Stanley Kramer's "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."
Though their relationship may appear straightforward, there is more depth and complexity to their bond than meets the eye. Their families don't exactly get along, making their connection all the more complicated.
One major distinction between religious believers and non-religious people is what they should do with their lives. Ezra's liberal Jewish family doesn't really have an issue with his new girlfriend, while their strict Muslim father has strong opinions.
In addition to acting in You People, Hill directed the music videos for Sara Bareilles' 2010 song "Gonna Get Over You," Danny Brown's 2016 track "Ain't it Funny" and Travis Scott's 2018 single "Wake Up." Additionally, he served as co-writer on Netflix's 2022 documentary Stutz.