FACT CHECK: Did Madame Tussauds Remove Kanye West’s Wax Figure After He Made Anti-Semitic Comments?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Instagram purports the Madame Tussauds museum removed its wax figure of rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, after he made Anti-Semitic comments.

 

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Verdict: False

The museum issued a statement saying they moved West’s wax figure from public view to their archives, according to The Guardian. There are no public sculptures of Hitler at the museum.

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West tweeted Oct. 9 that he would go “death con 3” on Jewish people, while claiming it was not anti-Semitic to say since “black people are actually Jew[ish],”, according to Forbes. Adidas, Gap, and Balenciaga have cut ties with the rapper over his Anti-Semitic comments, CNBC and WWD reported respectively.

The Instagram post, liked over 900 times, purports the museum removed its wax figure of West. “Kanye was removed from Madame Toussad Wax Museum for antisemitism but Hitler is still there?” the post reads.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting the wax museum removed its figure of West, but left Hitler’s in place. The museum has neither commented on the claim via their website or verified social media accounts. Likewise, West also has not publicly mentioned the claim.

While the claim is false, the museum did issue a statement indicating it would be moving West’s wax figure to its archives. (RELATED: ‘Book Of Yeezus’ – Did Kanye West Publish A Bible That Replaces ‘God’ With His Name?)

“Ye’s figure has been retired from the attraction floor to our archive,” a spokesperson said, according to The Guardian. “Each profile earns their place at Madame Tussauds London and we listen to our guests and the public on who they expect to see at the attraction.”

A Madame Tussauds spokesperson provided the same statement published by The Guardian when Check Your Fact reached out for comment.

The Hitler statue, which was visible at Madame Tussauds in London, was removed in 2016 following years of controversy and backlash, according to Snopes.

This is not the first time West has been the target, or source, of misinformation. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim from West suggesting George Floyd had died from a Fentanyl overdose, not excessive police force, during a May 2020 incident with police.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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