Ye, the artist known for several antisemitic remarks and formerly known as Kanye West, thanked actor Jonah Hill for helping him “like Jewish people again” in a head-scratching Instagram post early Saturday.
“No one should take anger against one or two individuals and transform that into hatred towards millions of innocent people,” wrote Ye.
On Twitter, users criticized the post and questioned how the film, of all things, would lead to this kind of change in mindset.
Ye’s comments come after the Anti-Defamation League released a report this week tallying antisemitic incidents that occurred across the U.S. in 2022. The group counted 59 incidents that “directly referenced” Ye starting in October, when he began making “numerous harmful, conspiratorial statements about Jews.”
These included acts of vandalism, harassment and assault, the ADL found.
In general, the number of antisemitic incidents reached a historic high in the U.S. last year, the group said, with nearly 3,700 recorded.
“This data confirms what Jewish communities across the country have felt and seen firsthand – and corresponds with the rise in antisemitic attitudes,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO and national director, said in a press release for the report.