Kanye West was suspended from Instagram for 24 hours after using a racial slur to describe TV presenter Trevor Noah.
A spokesperson for Instagram’s parent company Meta told TMZ and HuffPost that the suspension was due to West violating the company’s policy on hate speech, bullying and harassment.
Noah criticized West during the Daily Show presentation, saying of West’s many recent posts about ex-wife Kim Kardashian: “What she’s going through is terrifying to watch … What we’re seeing is one of the most powerful women, one of the richest in the world, unable to have her ex, stop texting her, stop chasing her, stop harassing her.
West responded by rewriting Kumbaya’s text to “koon baya my lord,” a twist on a word used by some to describe a black person who rejects or undermines their ethnicity.
Noah responded to the post by saying:
You are an indelible part of my life Ye. That’s why it breaks my heart to see you like this. I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. However, I care when I see you on a path dangerously close to danger and pain … Never forget, the biggest trick racists have ever played on blacks has been to teach us to strip each other of our darkness whenever we don’t. we agree. Causing us to split into splinters so that we never join in a mighty rod.
Kardashian filed for divorce in January 2021 and was declared legally single by a US court earlier this month. West complained about the separation on his 2021 album Donda and in a recent poem, Divorce. He also repeatedly taunted Kardashian’s boyfriend, comedian and actor Pete Davidson, included in a music video in which a Claymation figure beheaded a Davidson model. After criticizing the video, West defended it as a creative expression, saying, “Art is not a proxy for any harm or harm”.
West also posted screenshots of a conversation with Kardashian in which she said she was “creating a dangerous and scary environment” and worried, “Someone will hurt Pete and it will be all your fault.” West later apologized for posting the screenshots and accompanying messages, saying, “I know the screen sharing was jarring and it turned out to harass Kim. I take responsibility, “but she has continued with public criticism of Kardashian and Davidson ever since.
After West criticized his parenting, Kardashian wrote in February, “Divorce is hard enough for our children and Kanye’s obsession with trying to control and manipulate our situation in such a negative and public way is only causing further pain for all. From the beginning, I wanted nothing more than a healthy and supportive co-parenting relationship because that’s what’s best for our children and it saddens me that Kanye keeps making it impossible every step of the way. “