In a bold declaration splashed across social media in glaring uppercase letters on the afternoon of February 9th, the iconic Ozzy Osbourne aimed at the controversial rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, for his recent antics at an album listening event in Chicago. The bone of contention? Ye’s brazen incorporation of a snippet from a live rendition of “War Pigs,” a classic track by Ozzy’s legendary band BLACK SABBATH, during the event.
According to the heavy-metal maestro, West had approached him seeking approval to utilize a segment of Ozzy and his bandmates’ performance of the 1983 anthem. However, Ozzy swiftly rebuffed the request, citing West’s recent displays of blatant antisemitism as the decisive factor.
“He is an antisemite and has caused untold hurt to many,” Ozzy’s scathing words rang out. “I want no association with this man!”
The full force of Ozzy’s denunciation reverberated across cyberspace, underscoring his unwavering stance against bigotry and prejudice.
But Ye’s controversial escapades didn’t end there. In a move that ignited a fresh firestorm of outrage, the rapper was spotted donning a shirt emblazoned with the logo of the Norwegian black metal band BURZUM at a subsequent event.
The shirt bore the likeness of Varg Vikernes, the notorious founder and sole member of BURZUM, who infamously boasts a rap sheet that includes convictions for murder, arson, and espousal of white supremacist ideology. Vikernes, known for his virulent anti-Semitic, racist, and neo-Nazi beliefs, surprisingly applauded West’s boldness in sporting the controversial garment, despite the inevitable backlash from both the music industry and the public.
Critics and fans alike swiftly condemned West for his apparent endorsement of BURZUM and its controversial figurehead, raising questions about the rapper’s motivations and mental state.
Yet, amidst the storm of controversy, West remained silent. Despite his past apologies for anti-Semitic transgressions, the rapper offered no comment on the shirt or the uproar it had ignited, leaving many to speculate on his intentions and convictions.