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Reddit moderator for Kanye West claims page is a “bloodbath”


The Reddit moderator for Kanye West has claimed his page has turned into a “bloodbath”.

Ian Slater became a prominent Ye fan in the late 2010s because he is a member of staff on Ethan Klein’s H3 Podcast. Now, in an interview with Insider, he’s opened up about life as a moderator of the r/Kanye page on Reddit, which boasts over 700,000 members. Slater has also discussed his thoughts on Ye’s recent anti-semitism, which caused him to lose all his commercial deals, including his lucrative agreement with Adidas.

“The world as we know it is gone,” Slater said of the West subreddit, claiming the rapper’s die-hard fanbase as people “with no country”. The 28-year-old also revealed he’s turned into a “Charli XCX guy” because of Ye’s recent exploits.

Slater explained how West’s behaviour has caused many to leave the platform. However, for those who have stayed on the page, Slater said: “They walk amongst this valley of ash and fire with eyes that do not see.”

“It seems like the main mods are very active in removing the problematic [content],” Slater added. However, not everybody is condemning the hate speech. “It’s a bloodbath out here,” Slater continued. “[Some] users are shitposting their way to an early ban grave.”

Other longterm subscribers with high ‘karma’ – Reddit’s points system – are also being banned from r/Kanye. Slater said the page is in a “volatile” position at the moment, highlighting the opposing views of its followers.

Meanwhile, Dave Chappelle recently discussed Ye’s plight during his opening monologue on SNL. “I’ve been to Hollywood, this is just what I saw. It’s a lot of Jews. Like a lot,” he said. “There’s a lot of Black people in Ferguson, Missouri, doesn’t mean they run the place. You might go out in Hollywood and you might start connecting some kind of lines and you might adopt the delusion that Jews run show business. It’s not a crazy thing to think but it’s a crazy thing to say out loud.”