Jamie Lee Curtis tearfully condemns 'abhorrent' Kanye West for antisemitic outburst

Kanye 'Ye' West was called out by Jamie Lee Curtis after making shocking comments at the weekend

Jamie Lee Curtis tears up over 'abhorrent' Kanye West
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Jamie Lee Curtis has tearfully condemned Kanye West's antisemitic comments on Twitter, calling the American rapper's recent tweets about Jewish people 'abhorrent'. 

The US actor became visibly emotional during an interview on TODAY on Monday, after being asked about Kanye West's bigoted remarks about Judaism. 

Jamie Lee, who is currently doing press to promote her upcoming horror film, Halloween Ends, admitted she 'burst into tears' when she first read the controversial rapper's disturbing remarks. 

Kanye, who is legally called 'Ye', received strong backlash at the weekend for allegedly tweeting that he would soon go "Death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE". The shocking post appeared to refer to DEFCON, the defense-readiness condition scale used by the US armed forces for measuring threats. Kanye also insisted that he "can't be Anti Semitic" because "black people are actually Jew also."


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Twitter removed the post and temporarily locked the 45-year-old out of his account for 'violating' its policies. 

Jamie Lee, 63, responded to Kanye's comments on her own Twitter, writing, "The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. You are a father. Please stop." 

Her urgent message comes shortly after Jamie-Lee teased a Freaky Friday sequel with Lindsay Lohan, in which she hopes to play the grandma twenty years after the release of the original film.

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Jamie Lee denounced the rapper once again on TODAY, growing visibly tearful as she recalled her reaction to his tweet. 

"I woke up and I burst into tears," she told host Hoda Kotb. "Defcon 3 on Jewish people? What are you doing?" 

"It's bad enough that fascism is on the rise around the world. But on Twitter, on a portal, to pour that in? As if Jewish people haven't had it hard enough?" 

"It's abhorrent," she added, before tearfully reflecting on her paternal grandparents, who were Hungarian Jewish. "I hope he [Kanye] gets help. I hope his children get help from him. It's terrible." 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.