ADL Slams Rap­per ’Jay-Z’ For Us­ing False Stereo­types about Jews

The Jewish Voice - - NATIONAL - By: Loyse Bar­ret

Ac­cord­ing to New York Daily News, an anti-or­ga­ni­za­tion charged JAY-Z with re­sorts to us­ing “odi­ous and false” stereo­types about the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in his lat­est al­bum “4:44”.

The Anti-Defama­tion League, a non-profit Jew­ish es­tab­lish­ment, crit­i­cized the hip hop star over a set of con­tro­ver­sial lyrics which they be­lieved to per­pet­u­ate anti-Semitic stig­mas in his new song “The Story of O.J”, re­ports The Daily News.

In the song, JAY-Z raps: “You wanna know what's more im­por­tant than throwin' away money at a strip club? Credit / You ever won­der why Jew­ish peo­ple own all the prop­erty in Amer­ica? This how they did it."

Ac­cord­ing to The Daily News, the ADL of­fi­cially charged JAYZ’s use of the lyrics on Thurs­day in a state­ment, say­ing that the rap­per’s gen­er­al­ized word­ing seemed to play "into deep-seated anti-Semitic stereo­types about Jews and money.”

"The idea that Jews ' own all the prop­erty' in this coun­try and have used credit to fi­nan­cially get ahead are odi­ous and false," said a spokesper­son for the ADL. "Yet, such no­tions have lin­gered in so­ci­ety for decades, and we are con­cerned that this lyric could feed into pre­con­ceived no­tions about Jews and al­leged Jew­ish ' con­trol' of the banks and finance."

Ac­cord­ing to The Daily News, the spokesper­son con­tin­ued to say that the or­ga­ni­za­tion does not be­lieve that JAY-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, did not in­tend to ac­tu­ally pro­mote Anti-Semitic views within the stereo­typed lyrics, but the ADL still de­nounced that por­tion of the celebrity’s song.

"We know that JAY-Z is some­one who has used his celebrity in the past to speak out re­spon­si­bly and force­fully against the evils of racism and anti-Semitism," con­tin­ued the state­ment.

JAY-Z has not yet re­sponded to the com­ments made by the Anti-Defama­tion League and a re­quest for com­ment was not re­turned by his rep­re­sen­ta­tive, re­ports The Daily News.

Ac­cord­ing to The Daily News, JAY-Z touches on many dif­fer­ent highly per­sonal and so­cial top­ics within his pop­u­lar al­bum, in­clud­ing in the song “Smile” where he re­veals that his mother, Glo­ria Carter, is a les­bian.

"Mama had four kids, but she's a les­bian / Had to pre­tend so long that she's a thes­pian," raps JAY-Z in the song “Smile”.

The al­bum “4:44”—which went plat­inum less than a week af­ter it pre­miered ex­clu­sively on Ti­dal—also made head­lines for ap­pear­ing to apol­o­gize to his wife, Bey­oncé, for cheat­ing on her, as well as for ad­dress­ing his fall­out with long­time friend and col­lab­o­ra­tor Kanye Wes in the song “Kill Jay Z”, re­ports The Daily News.

The Anti-Defama­tion League, a non-profit Jew­ish es­tab­lish­ment, crit­i­cized the hip hop star over a set of con­tro­ver­sial lyrics which they be­lieved to per­pet­u­ate anti-Semitic stig­mas in his new song “The Story of O.J”

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