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