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Akon has been accused of 'spitting in the face of Jewish people' after defending Kanye West and saying his anti-Semitic comments do not trouble him 'because they do no affect me personally.'
The Senegalese-American singer, 49, made the comments on Sky News' Breakfast show on Friday morning, telling anyone offended by the remarks to 'not take things too personally.'
It came after Kanye, aka Ye, 45, heaped praise on Adolf Hitler and said people needed to 'stop dissing the Nazis' in a disturbing interview with far-right pundit Alex Jones this week.
The father, who shares four children with Kim Kardashian, also denied the Holocaust, telling Jones and white supremacist Nick Fuentes, who also appeared on the InfoWars show: 'The Holocaust is not what happened... he didn't kill six million Jews, that's just factually incorrect.'
Senegalese-American rapper Akon, 49, made the comments on Sky News' Breakfast show on Friday morning, telling anyone offended by Kanye's remarks to 'not take things too personally'
Kanye West makes bizarre appearance on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' InfoWars (picturd together) where he says 'I see good things about Hitler'
Akon was asked by Sky News presenter Anna Jones to explain his continued support for Kanye despite his shocking statements.
He said: 'I show support for opinion and I think people will always have a specific opinion and I think the moment we get to the place where we close our minds up to other people's opinion, it kind of doesn't allow us to get to better know each other...
'I think sometimes we should open up our minds and let things play all the way out and better understand the situation.'
He said he was 'a backer of the right to believe what you want to believe' and said he would let Kanye know he disagreed with him if they had a conversation, but that 'communication is key'.
When asked if the comments made by Kanye troubled him, he said: 'Not really because those comments don't really affect me personally... and if it does affect you personally then find a way to actually respond in a way to where that conversation can be reciprocated.
Akon's comments in defence of Kanye were branded 'appalling', 'shocking' and 'absolutely vile' by social media users
Akon, real name Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam, is a Senegalese-American singer and entrepreneur.
The 49-year-old shot to fame with his debut single Locked Up in 2004, followed up by the equally successful Lonely.
He also enjoyed success with Smack That, featuring Eminem, I wanna Love You, featuring Snoop Dogg and Right Now (Na Na Na), which all featured on his thrice Grammy nominated album Konvicted.
Akon was born in Missouri but grew up in Senegal, which he describes as his 'hometown', where he learnt five instruments including the drums and djembe.
He is a father of six by three different women, which he says he has great relationships with.
After finding success, he launched the Akon Lighting Africa project in 2014, which provides electricity in 15 countries on the continent.
He also announced plans in 2018 for Akon City, a $6bn project with the Senegalese government to build a futuristic tourist city, complete with a cryptocurrency-based economy using Akoin. He said last month that it would begin taking in residents in 2026.
However away from his philanthropic efforts, he has come under scrutiny for