Kanye West Calls His Recent Jewish Comment An 'Ignorant Compliment'

(Radio.com) Kanye West recently got himself into a bit of hot water with the Anti-Defamation League after a comment he made nearly a month ago about the Jewish community being more wealthy and more powerful than the African American community. He's now claiming that the comment was misunderstood, and that it was really supposed to be a compliment.

On Wednesday (December 18), Kanye sat down with Chicago's B96 (a Radio.com station) to talk about the comment in question, in which he remarked, "People want to say Obama can't make these moves or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections. Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people."

It's a comment Kanye says he now wishes he could take back. "I think that it was kind of like an ignorant compliment," Kanye explained, before joking, "I don't know how being told that you have money is like an an insult. That would be like if somebody complimented black guys and said, 'All black guys have big penises.' You don't want to be the black guy who raises his hand and says like, 'That's not true. I have proof!'"

Kanye also spoke about being villainized in the press for comments he has made over the last few months, including comparing himself to a policeman or a soldier.

"What I'm saying is I make a contribution to society and it should be respected as such," Kanye said, explaining that, to him, calling someone a soldier is the highest compliment. more on this story

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