In a social media post written in uppercase letters this afternoon on February 9th, Ozzy publicly criticized the controversial rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, for incorporating a snippet of a “War Pigs” live rendition during his album listening event last night in Chicago.
As per the heavy-metal legend, West sought approval to utilize a portion of Ozzy and his band’s performance of the BLACK SABBATH classic from 1983, albeit Ozzy declined the request. The refusal stemmed from West‘s recent instances of blatant antisemitism, according to Ozzy.
“He is an antisemite and has caused untold hurt to many,” Ozzy wrote. “I want no association with this man!”
See Ozzy‘s full post below.
Ye has recently sparked a new wave of outrage and criticism by wearing a shirt of the Norwegian black metal band BURZUM.
The shirt features the band’s logo and a photo of its founder and sole member, Varg Vikernes, who is a convicted murderer, arsonist, and white supremacist. Vikernes, who has expressed anti-Semitic, racist, and neo-Nazi views, surprisingly praised West for his courage and defiance in wearing the shirt, despite risking the backlash of the music industry and the public.
Many fans and critics have condemned West for his apparent endorsement of BURZUM and Vikernes, and questioned his motives and sanity.
West, who has previously apologized for his anti-Semitic remarks and actions, has not commented on the shirt or the reaction it has caused.