For the next 24 hours, Instagram will be a bit quieter after the suspension of rapper Kanye West.
West, who has been highly vocal on the platform about his dislike of his Pete Davidson (who is the current boyfriend of West’s ex, Kim Kardashian), was called out by The Daily Show host for his harassment of Kardashian. West has made numerous posts about Kardashian on Instagram, and Noah pointed out the danger of West’s behaviour on his show. “You may not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous,” Noah said, “…but what she’s going through is terrifying to watch. And it shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave [bad relationships].”
“What we’re seeing is one of the most powerful, one of the richest women in the world, unable to get her ex to stop texting her, to stop chasing after her, to stop harassing her,” he continued.
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
Noah also further explained the situation by referencing his childhood in an abusive home, where his mother was a victim to his father. “One of the things I found most interesting was how often people told my mom that she was overreacting,” he said. “What I found interesting was how many times people told my mom to calm down, told my family to calm down.”
“You see a world where women are questioned for what is happening to them, as opposed to people questioning what is happening to them,” he said.
In response to Noah’s callout, West re-wrote the lyrics to Kumbaya as “k**n baya my lord” — using the slur in reference to Noah.
West might not like what Noah said, but he raised an important point, especially when he stated, “if Kim Kardashian cannot escape this, then what chance do normal women have?”
Because West used a slur, a spokesperson for Meta (which owns Instagram) told TMZ and HuffPost that West’s suspension was due to him violating the company’s policy on hate speech, bullying and harassment.
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