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Jamie Lee Curtis blasts Kanye West for antisemitic tweet: “I burst into tears”

Jamie Lee Curtis on "The Today Show"
Jamie Lee Curtis on "The Today Show"Photo: Screenshot

Jamie Lee Curtis shared her intense reaction to Kanye West’s antisemitic tweet on The Today Show. The actor joined Hoda Kotb on the NBC morning show Monday to promote her upcoming horror sequel Halloween Ends, when the host asked Curtis about her recent tweet in response to West’s shocking statement.

“I burst into tears,” Curtis said of learning about the rapper’s antisemitic social media post, her voice trembling. “What are you doing? It’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise around the world, but… on Twitter… as if Jewish people haven’t had it hard enough?”

On Saturday, West tweeted that he was “going death con 3” on Jewish people.

“The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also,” the tweet continued. “You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone who opposes your agenda.”

Twitter removed the post for violating its guidelines, but Curtis posted a screenshot of the tweet along with her reaction on Sunday.

“The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter,” Curtis, whose father Tony Curtis was Jewish, wrote. “A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. Your words hurt and incite violence. You are a father. Please stop.”

Of course, Curtis was far from the only celebrity to condemn West’s tweet. Rep. Alexandria  Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Charlemagne Tha-God, Jimmy Kimmel, Jack Antonoff, and Ellen Barkin were among the many voices slamming West’s antisemitic words. Ariana Grande also shared Curtis’s Today Show comments in her Instagram stories.

Others, meanwhile, criticized what they saw as a lack of condemnation for West’s tweet.

Comedian Sarah Silverman particularly came under fire for her comments, which many interpreted as a lack of appreciation for Black Twitter’s reaction to West’s antisemitism.

West’s tweet came after Meta restricted access to his Instagram account and removed some of the content he’d posted for violating the app’s policies. The troubled musician and fashion designer also drew widespread condemnation for wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt alongside right-wing pundit Candace Owens during Paris Fashion week.

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