Amy Schumer called out Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, for his anti-Semitic remarks in his “Saturday Night Live” monologue on Saturday.
Schumer, 41, called Ye, 45, in the context of a joke about her husband, Chris Fischer, who she says has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
“It used to be called Asperger’s, but then they found out – it’s true – that Dr. Asperger had ties to the Nazis, Kanye,” Schumer said of the diagnosis, prompting onlookers to laugh and cheer.
Asperger described a form of autism before it was subsumed under the general diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in 2013, according to the organization Autism Speaks.
A 2018 study published in the journal Molecular Autism found that, although he was not a member of the Nazi Party, Hans Asperger – the Austrian doctor who gave his name to the disorder and who first published a study in 1944 identifying characteristics that would later come to be identified with Asperger – “succeeded in adapting to the Nazi regime … publicly legitimized policies of racial hygiene, including forced sterilizations and, on several occasions, actively cooperated with the child “euthanasia” program.” The cooperation specifically included referring disabled children to the Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna, where authorities murdered hundreds of disabled children in the 1940s, according to the newspaper.
Several other celebrities have also spoken out against anti-Semitism following Ye’s remarks – which included the tweet that he would go ‘death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE’ – including his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and actors Reese Witherspoon and Jamie Lee Curtis. His anti-Semitic remarks also led sports brand Adidas, luxury fashion brand Balenciaga, Gap and Foot Locker, among others, to end their business relationships with him.
Ye’s comments were also quoted in other anti-Semitic posts that have appeared in recent weeks on a Los Angeles freeway and at the Florida-Georgia football game, both of which read, “Kanye is right about the Jews”.
He also faced restrictions on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. These latest restrictions were later lifted, but Ye no longer appears to have an active Twitter account.
A report released last week by NBC News revealed that Ye had paid a settlement to a former employee who alleged he used anti-Semitic language in the workplace and that six people who worked with Ye or saw him in a professional setting in the past five years said they heard him praising Adolf Hitler or mentioning conspiracy theories about the Jewish people.
Ye spoke openly about his bipolar disorder after being hospitalized in 2016. At times, his remarks included disavowing the diagnosis.
During a 2018 White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Ye said it was a “misdiagnosis”, saying another doctor had said his mental health issues stemmed from sleep deprivation. In a recent interview with MIT researcher Lex Fridman, he said the doctor who diagnosed him was Jewish and suggested the diagnosis was “a control mechanism.”
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