Ozzy Osbourne shared a statement on social media about Kanye West using Black Sabbath’s song War Pigs without permission and called the rapper ‘an antisemite’
Ozzy Osbourne took to Instagram on Friday to hit out at Kanye West for using one of his hit songs without permission.
The star accused Kanye of sampling the song War Pigs by Ozzy’s band Black Sabbath. Ozzy claimed that Kanye asked permission for the song but was denied due to being “an antisemite.”
On Instagram, Ozzy posted a white screen with black text that read in all capital letters: “Kanye West asked permission to sample a section of a 1983 live performance of ‘War Pig’ from the US Festival without vocals & was refused permission because he is an antisemite and has caused untold heartache to many. He went ahead and used the sample anyway at his album listening party last night. I want no association with this man!”
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The caption on Ozzy’s post read the same and he tagged Kanye in the post. The rapper had a listening party on Thursday night in Chicago for his new album Vultures, which is apparently the first of three albums in an upcoming collection.
War Pigs is a song from 1983 that’s one of Black Sabbath’s most famous songs and is known for being an anti-war anthem.
This isn’t the first time that Kanye has been accused of being anti-Semitic. For years the rapper has been known to make comments praising Hitler and had his Instagram account temporarily locked due to these kinds of comments.
Due to his statements, Kanye was dropped from Universal Music Group and his agency CAA. Balenciaga and Gap also dropped their collaboration with Kanye’s clothing brand Yeezy.
Last December, Kanye made an apology to the Jewish community with a post on Instagram written in Hebrew. “I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unintended outburst caused by my words or actions,” he wrote.
“It was not my intention to offend or demean, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused,” he continued. After his statement was released, the Anti-Defamation League shared a statement.
“After causing untold damage by using his vast influence and platform to poison countless minds with vicious antisemitism and hate, an apology in Hebrew may be the first step on a long journey towards making amends to the Jewish community and all those who he has hurt,” they wrote, “Ultimately, actions will speak louder than words but this initial act of contrition is welcome.”
The American Jewis Committee also released a statement, however they condemned Kanye’s statement writing: “Beyond being bizarre and possibly a ploy to gain more attention, the Hebrew apology — posted without translation — is inaccessible to most American Jews who do not speak the language.”
“To be sure, using Hebrew to communicate with the Jewish community intentionally denies most American Jews— and, consequently, non-Jews—the ability to directly see Kanye’s apology,” they continued.
The Mirror has gone to Kanye for comment.