Paul Stanley Addresses Kanye West Controversy
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Paul Stanley arrives at the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Paul Stanley recently posted his views on Kanye West‘s antisemitic controversy via Twitter.
The KISS icon was one of the several artists who spoke out about their views on Kanye‘s antisemitic controversy. The rocker also took that chance to explain how mental health cannot be used as an excuse for bad behavior.
It all started a few weeks ago when Kanye wore a t-shirt with a slogan that reads ‘White Lives Matter’ during the Paris Fashion Week. This was a direct reference to ‘Black Lives Matter’ which started in 2013 as a social movement against racism and discrimination.
What Kanye did stir controversy and was slammed by many including rapper Diddy. Diddy went on his Instagram to express his thoughts about it. He said this was not a good joke, especially considering its context. Kanye targeted him afterward and accused the rapper that he was being controlled by the Jewish people. These antisemitic comments from Kanye resulted in bigger denunciation and suspension of his Twitter account.
Kanye was then criticized by big names in the music industry such as David Crosby and Stanley. The singer said in a recent tweet that mental illness is a disease. However, it cannot be used as an excuse for hate speech, antisemitism, and discriminatory violence. He said that this could be ended if people started speaking up against it. Stanley wrote:
“Mental Illness is a disease but should never be used to minimize the danger of hate speech, advocating antisemitism and violence against religions or ethnicities. We have found ways over centuries to rationalize this behavior and viewed the atrocities that followed. Speak up!”