Kanye West has been suspended from posting to Instagram for the next 24 hours, a Meta spokesperson confirmed to Deadline tonight. The action comes after a series of posts aimed at ex-wife Kim Kardashian, her boyfriend Pete Davidson, comedian D.L. Hughley and, most recently, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah.
Noah addressed the situation on his show Tuesday night with a take that was short on gossip and long on empathy, understanding and hope for healing.
In a since-removed post, West — who has 15 million Instagram followers — today shared the lyrics to a well-known song about hope and togetherness, but he replaced one word with a like-sounding racial slur seemingly aimed at Noah for his Daily Show bit.
Meta spokesperson Joe Osborne indicated that Instagram had deleted one of West’s posts — ostensibly the above-mentioned one — and indicated the hip-hop superstar violated the platform’s hate speech, bullying and harassment policies. In addition, he is prohibited from posting further, sending or receiving DMs or commenting for 24 hours. The platform said will take additional action if it becomes aware of further violations, Osborne said.
Noah, for his part, seemed to be taking pains to give everyone the benefit of the doubt in his Daily Show bit Tuesday night, a courtesy West did not apparently return.
“What’s weird about the situation is Kanye West has told us that he struggles with his mental health,” Noah said on the show. “So I get it, you wanna have art as therapy. But here’s what’s weird that Kanye doesn’t understand: It’s like, what we’re seeing is — it makes you uncomfortable.”
After referencing Eminem’s tough-guy act and saying everyone knew it was just an act, Noah explained, “With Kanye, we don’t know how to feel. We don’t know how to worry. I think Kanye doesn’t seem to understand that. He goes, ‘Leave me to create my art.’ Yeah, but Kanye, you told us you have problems. Now when we worry about that, you say we shouldn’t worry because it’s not [his] problem. Or it is [his] problems? Which is it?
“It puts society in precarious condition, because of his harassment of Kim.
“You may not feel sorry for Kim,” Noah said to viewers, “but what she’s going through is terrifying to watch, and it shines a spotlight on what so many women have to go through to leave.
“What we’re seeing is one of the most powerful — one of the richest — women in the world to get her ex to stop texting her, to stop chasing her, to stop harassing her.”