Apr 252018
 

Controversial German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang,

alongside BMG label head Hartwig Masuch, face accusations of illegal hate speech in the wake of the controversy, which has led the German music association to scrape its Echo music awards.

The German music association is scrapping its top music honor, the Echo Awards, following a scandal involving one of this year’s Echo winners.

At the 2018 Echos two weeks ago, gangsta rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang won best rap album. But the duo came under fire for lyrics in which they compared themselves to Holocaust survivors, saying their muscles are “more defined than Auschwitz prisoners” and lines such as “I’m doing another Holocaust, coming with a Molotov.” They have since apologized, but have been dropped by their label, BMG.

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Apr 152018
 

Big businesses have joined growing criticism in Germany over the awarding of an annual music prize to a pair of rappers accused of antisemitic lyrics, with Airbus chief executive Tom Enders adding his condemnation of the decision.

German executive Enders told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper he was shocked by what he considered widespread ambivalence about the Echo award given to rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang

on Thursday, which coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day. The rappers deny they are antisemitic.

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 Posted by at 11:54 pm
Mar 292018
 

The head of Labour’s disputes panel has quit after she opposed the suspension of a party member accused of posting an anti-Semitic message on social media.

Christine Shawcroft

 

said she was “wrong” in calling for the penalty to be lifted  before she had seen the “abhorrent ” Facebook post at the centre of the row.

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Mar 112018
 
Last week, current Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan—a well-known anti-Semite—gave a speech where he said “the powerful Jews are my enemy” and that he had “pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.” Other previous Farrakhan highlights include saying the Jews were behind 9/11 and calling Adolf Hitler a “very great man.”
That alone is a story. But it doesn’t end there.
Soon after the speech, news broke that Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory was in attendance; she even received a shout out from Farrakhan during his address and posted about the event on social media. Meanwhile, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour has collaborated with the Nation of Islam in the past, and Carmen Perez defended Farrakhan in the past, telling Amelia Harnish in January that there are “no perfect leaders” and that people need to understand Farrakhan’s contributions to Black and Brown circles.

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Mar 072018
 

On the one hand, it’s nice that President Trump’s budget chief and his chief economic adviser overcame their ideological differences to become friendly, as self-proclaimed “right-wing conservative” Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), suggested in his farewell statement to Gary Cohn,

the outgoing head of Trump’s National Economic Council. On the other hand, calling Cohn a “globalist” leaves the message with kind of an acrid aftertaste.

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