John Cusack has been trending on Twitter, and never for an excellent motive.
Yesterday, he retweeted a picture of a giant hand emblazoned with a blue Star of David crushing a gaggle of individuals. Beside it was a quote (falsely) attributed to the thinker Voltaire that learn, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Cusack added the textual content, “Follow the money.”
Instantly, he drew widespread criticism for sharing one thing so brazenly anti-Semitic.
John Cusack tweeted one thing blatantly anti-Semitic, considering it was simply anti-Israel.
The truth that in 2019 a star can brazenly share anti-Jewish stuff like this and genuinely suppose it is politically OK tells you a large number about why Israel turned essential and stays so. pic.twitter.com/2Qaqb21w9x
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) June 18, 2019
Initially, in mild of the detrimental suggestions, he defended his tweet (although a lot of these tweets have since been deleted):
3. John Cusack repeatedly defended his tweet earlier than deleting it.
His “bot” excuse is absurd. pic.twitter.com/Jm2NArFVEO
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 18, 2019
Nonetheless, after some time he deleted the tweet and his defenses of it, saying (in a sequence of extra tweets) that he was trying to criticize the nation of Israel and its insurance policies, not the Jewish individuals. (Only a heads up, Cusack’s spelling and grammar are a bit all over.)
“It’s clear that even if it was Israel’s flag & even if you don’t have antisemitic bone in your body, it is still an antisemitic cartoon,” he wrote. “As a result of it deploys anti jewish stereotypes in its assaults on Israel, even when these critiques about state violence are legit I mistakenly… retweeted an alt proper account I assumed was agreeing With the horrible bombing of a hospital in Palestine … I assumed somebody was agreeing with a tweet—retweeted with out actually it.”
He continued (sic all through), “Nicely if it wants extra readability – this could be instructive – some thought – to observe – in response to Palestinian human rights below Israeli occupation, a difficulty that considerations anybody preventing for justice , I RT’d & rapidly deleted a picture that’s dangerous to each Jewish – & Palestinian buddies, & for that I’m sorry. The picture depicted a blue Star of David, which I related to Israel as their flag makes use of the identical coloration & form. I do know the star itself is deeply significant to Jews irrespective of the place they stand on Israel’s assaults on Palestinians. The usage of the star, even when it depicts the state of Israel- committing human rights violations – when mixed with anti Jewish tropes about power- is antisemitic & antisemitism has no place in any rational political dialoge to justify it – Can be as unhealthy as conflating the cross with us flag when confronting US atrocities …. so whereas I received’t take guff from anybody trying to rating low-cost photographs on a caress mistweet- good to make use of my mistake to unfold consciousness – solidarity and peace to all.”
As you may see from studying these tweets, Cusack is a sloppy author, so it’s conceivable he made some form of technical error, however in one other tweet that has since been deleted, he blamed the tweet on some form of rogue “bot.” He wrote, “A bot received me- I assumed I used to be endorsing a professional Palestinian justice retweet – of an earlier publish – it got here I feel from a special supply – Shouldn’t Have retweeted,” and later he advised a follower, “A bot is an alt right account – same thing- not a person but an organized agenda.”
Nonetheless, as The Huffington Submit’s Yashar Ali identified, that excuse merely doesn’t add up. In a thread containing screenshots of Cusack’s preliminary defenses of the tweet Yashar Ali wrote, “This is disgusting … A bot got you? You defended your posting of it in several quote tweets before you deleted … John Cusack repeatedly defended his tweet before deleting it. His ‘bot’ excuse is absurd.”