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(NewsNation) — An anti-Semitic message mentioning Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, was projected onto a Florida football stadium Saturday night.

According to video posted on Twitter, the words “Kanye is right about the Jews” were spotted at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida during a game between the University of Florida and the University of Georgia. Sports fans like Preston Feiler took notice of the projection.

“Last night as we were leaving the stadium, this was shot by a laser coil at the back of the jumbotron. It said: ‘Kanye is right about the Jews.’ The last thing my son and I expected to see coming out of the stadium,” Feiler he tweeted.

Another Twitter user posted video showing the view from her hotel room that appeared to be the same message passing through the next building.

University of Florida and University of Georgia issued a joint statement Sunday morning, condemning projected message.

“We strongly condemn the anti-Semitic hate speech projected outside TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville after Saturday night’s Florida-Georgia football game and other anti-Semitic messages that have appeared in Jacksonville. The University of Florida and the University of Georgia jointly condemn these and all acts of anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred and intolerance. We are proud to be home to strong and thriving Jewish communities at UGA and UF, and we stand together against hate,” the universities wrote.

It is not clear how the message referring to Ye appeared on the side of the stadium.

The award-winning producer and fashion designer is facing backlash for his recent anti-Semitic comments on social media. In an interview with NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo, Ye said he did not believe in the term “anti-Semitic” and insisted he was “not backing down” from his comments.

“The Jews I’m talking about may not understand this. And that’s a privilege I won’t allow. When I was wearing the ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt, the Jewish underground media mafia had already started attacking me,” Ye said.

Social media giants Twitter and Instagram recently suspended Ye after threatening posts. When asked if he thought his words broke the rules on social media platforms, he said: “I don’t believe in that expression… I also identify as Jewish, so I can’t really be anti-Semitic.”

Alan Dershowitz, a legal scholar who has written extensively on the American Jewish experience, worries that Ye’s comments could influence the political views of others.

“We are seeing a tremendous increase not only in anti-Semitic acts, but also in anti-Semitic attitudes, from young people. And young people are our future. When there is bigotry against any group, it allows for bigotry against any group,” Dershowitz said in an interview with “CUOMO.”

When it comes to Ye’s comments, some have pointed to his state of mind. Others have speculated that rather than his anti-Semitic comments being rooted in mental health issues, the rapper could be strategic as he looks to acquire right-wing social media platform Parléř.

Ye said he wanted to buy the app because “people use their technology to save any messages they don’t agree with.”

If that’s the case, there’s no doubt that the comments cost him several business partnerships. Ye’s talent agency, Adidas, fashion house Balenciaga, Foot Locker, Gap, JPMorgan and Chase, MRC Entertainment, TJ Maxx and Vogue are among the growing list of companies that have ended or canceled their affiliation with the celebrity.


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