The Instagram account of Kanye West has been suspended for 24 hours after he used a racial slur to refer to comedian Trevor Noah.
The action comes after a series of posts aimed at his ex, Kim Kardashian, her boyfriend Pete Davidson, comedian DL Hughley, and Daily Show host Trevor Noah.
On Tuesday night, Noah addressed the Kim and Kanye situation with a commentary short on gossip and long on empathy, understanding, and hope.
Kanye – who has legally changed his name to Ye – has been embroiled in a public feud with Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson, regularly posting screenshots of private conversations between the three. Kanye posted a screenshot of a Google search for the comedian on his Instagram account in response to Trevor Noah’s comments. He included the lyrics to ‘Kumbaya, My Lord’, which he changed to include the word coon. The post has now been removed.
Joe Osborne, a spokesperson for Meta, says Instagram deleted one of West’s posts. He said that the hip-hop star had violated the platform’s hate speech, bullying, and harassment policies. Moreover, Kanye is prohibited from posting further, sending or receiving DMs, or commenting for 24 hours. Instagram will take further action if further violations are discovered, Osborne said.
Should we be worried?
Throughout his Daily Show bit, Noah seemed to be taking pains to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, a courtesy West did not return.
“What’s weird about the situation is that Kanye West has told us that he struggles with his mental health,” said Noah. “So I get it, you wanna have art as therapy. But here’s what’s weird that Kanye doesn’t understand: It’s like, what we’re seeing is — it makes you uncomfortable.”
After referencing Eminem’s tough-guy act and saying everyone knew it was just an act, Noah explained, “With Kanye, we don’t know how to feel. We don’t know how to worry. I think Kanye doesn’t seem to understand that. He goes, ‘Leave me to create my art.’ Yeah, but Kanye, you told us you have problems. Now when we worry about that, you say we shouldn’t worry because it’s not [his] problem. Or it is [his] problems? Which is it?
“It puts society in a precarious condition, because of his harassment of Kim.
Unpacking the Kim-Kanye-Pete situation and the harassment many women face when trying to leave a relationship. pic.twitter.com/qF3cfiYL9R— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 16, 2022
“You may not feel sorry for Kim,” Noah said to viewers, “but what she’s going through is terrifying to watch, and it shines a spotlight on what so many women have to go through to leave.”