Kyrie Irving is the newest celeb being accused of antisemitism after selling a film that some say is filled with stereotypes and tropes — however the man’s saying he is being misunderstood.
The Nets star bought slammed Friday for tweeting a hyperlink to a film referred to as … “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” which is on Amazon. It is a controversial piece to say the least … leaning into excessive ideology from sure factions of Black Hebrew Israelites.
The entire thought behind that is that Black folks even have Jewish roots themselves — and are, in truth, the “chosen folks of God” versus Jews of European descent. Like we stated … extremely inflammatory, however it’s a practice of thought a number of celebs have embraced lately. Kanye West, clearly, but in addition … Nick Cannon and Ice Dice, to call a number of.
Not solely does the doc Kyrie promoted talk about this, however it additionally reportedly spreads conspiracy theories … together with the declare that “white Jews,” because it had been, perpetuated the slave commerce and are, by and enormous, accountable for the media/banking industries … amongst different accusations.
It is loads of the identical stuff that bought Kanye in bother … and Kyrie’s been receiving a lot of the identical backlash, a lot in order that his boss — Nets proprietor Joe Tsai — stated one thing.
He condemned Kyrie’s tweet as hate-fueled, writing … “I’m disillusioned that Kyrie seems to help a movie based mostly on a guide filled with anti-semitic disinformation. I wish to sit down and ensure he understands that is hurtful to all of us, and as a person of religion, it’s improper to advertise hate based mostly on race, ethnicity or faith.” Joe provides, that is greater than basketball.
KI defended himself Saturday, saying he meant no disrespect to anybody’s non secular beliefs and including … “the ‘Anti-Semitic’ label that’s being pushed on me will not be justified and doesn’t mirror the truth or reality I reside in on a regular basis.”
No phrase on whether or not Kyrie’s tweet is gonna price him taking part in time through suspension or one other type of punishment. The NBA hasn’t publicly addressed the controversy but.