Candace Owen’s Moral Cowardice

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Following Kanye West’s Hitler adoration and Holocaust denial on Alex Jones (and he’s still at it by the way), I was wondering whether or not his friend Candace Owens would condemn his beyond-the-pale comments.

Actually, I suspected she wouldn’t, given her previous conduct. I was more curious as to how she would dance around them.

And dance she has. It has taken her the best part of a week to comment on Ye. And believe it or not, she manages to avoid his antisemitism entirely.

On her podcast, Owens begins by ranting how she is being attacked for remaining silent on a bunch of issues. When she finally does mention Ye, she makes absolutely no mention of his antisemitic comments, instead mentioning:

  • How people attacked her for remaining silent on Ye wearing Balenciaga boots (while she attacked his former wife Kim Kardashian for leading a campaign of theirs)
  • Being tagged in a clip of Ye’s infamous appearance on Alex Jones’ show, because he had said that Ben Shapiro controls her

Owens then states she is not Ye’s spokesperson and does not feel the need to comment on everything he says. She points out she does not agree with everything he says, just like she doesn’t agree with everything Ben Shapiro and others say (because the situations are clearly analogous, not). She adds she is sick of people asking her to continually weigh in on a situation that is “obviously very complicated.”

No Candace. The situation is very simple. Your friend is saying the most vile, antisemitic things, influencing millions of his adoring fans and followers to spread online and offline hate against Jews. He literally said he likes Hitler, who did good things, and the Holocaust never happened. Whether or not he has a mental illness (as your boss Ben Shapiro posits) is not relevant. If there was ever a not-complicated situation in which to speak loudly and clearly, it is this.

You very much needed to speak out and condemn his comments at the very least if you want any kind of moral high ground. Instead, since this began, all you have done is gaslight Jews who found his original comments antisemitic, depicting us as dishonest. You have painted yourself as the real victim here, subject to unfair attacks (unlike those pesky Jews, who are not the subject of unfair attacks). You have even amplified other antisemitic voices and added fuel to the fire.

Candace, you might have a huge following (as you like to remind us), but you lack a spine. If you are unable to speak out loudly and clearly, you are part of the problem, and history will not judge you well.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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