Saying “[i]n a world where conservative opinions are considered to be controversial we have to make sure we have the right to freely express ourselves,” Kanye West is making the leap to become the owner of the social media platform Parler. CNBC reported the news following an announcement from the company. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Ye joins Elon Musk in standing up for freedom of thought, expression, and speech in the digital age’s town squares. Musk is currently negotiating the purchase of Twitter for $44 billion.
CNBC added that the timing comes on the heels of being blacked out from far-left social media giants like Twitter and Instagram, the latter of which is owned by Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta.
The move [of buying Parler] comes after Ye was locked out of his Twitter and Instagram accounts for making antisemitic remarks. In one post, Ye played into a long-standing antisemitic conspiracy theory that fellow rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs is being controlled by Jewish people. On Twitter, meanwhile, Ye’s account was restricted after he said he would go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE.”
CNBC noted that Parler has recently raised over $56 million and that Kanye is worth as much as $2 billion, a fortune amassed through the sale of Yeezy sneakers and previous affiliations with companies like Gap and Adidas. As with his access to Twitter and Instagram, Gap likewise ended its relationship with Kanye and Adidas is reportedly going to do the same.
The move also comes on the heels of JP Morgan Chase announcing Kanye’s business would no longer be accepted and that he would have to move over $100 million from their bank.
Worth noting is that the CEO of Parler’s parent company – Parlement Technologies – is the husband of Candance Owens, with whom West was recently seen in Paris wearing “White Lives Matter” shirts and stirring up significant controversy and publicity.
Of Parler, The Post Millennial wrote that Parler had always intended to be a haven for free speech as Silicon Valley’s behemoths:
Parler was launched in 2018 and rebranded as a free speech alternative in 2020. It was meant to counter the censorship and suppression that has been seen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The idea was that the site would be a home to free speech, primarily so that conservative social media denizens would be able to speak their minds on Covid, Hunter Biden, and other topics without risking being kicked off the platform.
This story syndicated with permission from The Blue State Conservative