Peloton removes Kanye West’s music from platform after anti-Semitic outbursts
Peloton will no longer contribute Kanye West songs to its boosted playlists.
The company is the latest high-profile brands, including Adidas, Balenciaga and Vogue, to sever ties or reconsider their relationship with the rapper-turned-designer following his numerous anti-Semitic remarks in recent weeks.
West, who legally changed his name to Ye, vowed to do “Death Con 3” against the Jewish people. He was immediately banned from Twitter and Instagram after the comments.
Now, instructor Alex Toussaint, one of the most famous faces of the Peloton, has indicated that he will no longer play the musician’s music during his live and on-demand lessons.
Peloton took a similar approach, announcing that West’s music is « indefinitely suspended » from its platform, adding that they « take this issue very seriously. »
« This means that our instructors no longer use his music in newly produced classes and we are not suggesting any classes that include his music in our proactive member recommendations, » the company said in a statement to Pelobuddy.
« You should know that this is a decision we made immediately following his remarks, » the statement added.
During his spinning class, Toussaint said he wanted to « make sure everyone feels safe in my environment and my classes. »
« I’m not even going to talk too much about it because you know I’m with you, you won’t hear this artist at all in my class, I promise you, » he said. “I do not support hate speech in any way. I don’t tolerate this shit at all, okay? You won’t hear this artist in my class, I promise.
The announcement came just hours before West made an unscheduled visit to Skechers’ Los Angeles offices on Wednesday – to be shown the door.
Skechers, which is operated by a Jewish family, issued a press release after West’s visit, reiterating that he « arrived unannounced and uninvited. »
Although Adidas, Balenciaga and Vogue have cut off ties with West, the « Flashing Lights » rapper maintains he’ll never be called off.
« I’m not losing money, » he told TMZ with a shrug. « The day I was taken off the Balenciaga site was one of the most freeing days. We here, baby, we’re not going anywhere.
When asked if he was sorry for his remarks, West told Post columnist Piers Morgan last week: “No. Absolutely not. »