EXCLUSIVE: Is Kanye West Misunderstood? Jewish Publicist Jonathan Hay Agrees + Who Else Is In Ye’s Corner As His Career Implodes?

Kanye West is experiencing a rough season as his anti-semitic comments continue to spark major controversy. Jonathan Hay, a well-known Jewish celebrity publicist, has reached out directly to SOHH, offering his take on Ye’s current stance with the media.

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Here’s What This Jewish Celebrity Publicist Had To Say About Ye

While Kanye’s recent statements on large media platforms offended the Black and Jewish communities, this well-known celebrity publicist sees beyond what the media does. In a hefty statement, Jewish publicist Jonathan Hay, who has worked with big names such as Whitney Houston, Ice Cube, Wu-Tang Clan, and more, addressed everything from the father of four’s media representation to fame, pain, and loss. 

In his statement, Mr. Hay says he believes Ye is “profoundly misunderstood” by the media. This references recent headlines deeming the rapper’s views as anti-semitic.

Referring to Mr. West’s most recent Drink Champs interview, Hay believes the “Famous” rapper’s recent rants are a result of the trauma he has experienced which includes losing his mother, his recent divorce from ex-wife Kim Kardashian, and more. Hay says:

“hurt people, hurt people” – and that’s a transparent statement that is being wholeheartedly overlooked.”

Hay then references the dark side of celebrity culture that can lead to self-destructive behavior and even suicide. He says fans and the public do not seem to recognize and respect the humanity of celebrities. “People tend to forget that celebrities are humans too,” says Hay. “And that money or fame can’t heal deep-seeded pain or emotional trauma, like Kurt Cobain who committed suicide at the height of his career while also being a young father.”

Hay also suggests that Ye may be grieving publicly after his divorce, amongst many other things. He says:

“How have other people all across the world processed pain and dealt with divorce, breakups, deaths, work pressure, loss of friends, etc? The biggest difference about Ye and others is simply his massive platform to express his own severe pain and trauma.”

Kanye’s Recent Loss Of Friends & Business Relationships

After a plethora of outlandish statements, Kanye has lost nearly all of his allies in the business world. He was recently escorted out by Skechers after showing up unannounced to try and make a business deal with the company. He’s lost two of his biggest business clients, Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown, from his Donda Sports brand. 

His net worth has also publicly dwindled as Forbes debunked Ye’s original 2020 billionaire status. 

More bad news surfaced for the Yeezy mogul after news broke about George Floyd’s family filing a lawsuit against him after making inaccurate statements about his death. J.P Morgan Chase also ended their business relationship, forcing him to move his funds into other accounts. 

In other recent chaotic news, it was also reported that Ye’s mural, located in his hometown of Chicago, was covered in black paint as the controversy continues.

So Who Supports Kanye These Days?

Despite the mass fallout, Mr. West still has other supporters in his corner. Jonathan Hay added that he reached out to Ye’s team to come on board immediately as an official publicist. Additionally, Donda Sports president Antonio Brown recently said he would not be stepping down from his position at the sports agency. Russell Simmons also came to Kanye’s defense after his anti-semitism statements. The Def Jam co-founder encourages the Yeezy maker to create his own business at this point and support people in the community.

Additional reporting by Nicole Bartley.