Defensive John Cusack digs himself deep over anti-Semitic meme that he deleted and blamed on a ‘bot’

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Actor John Cusack failed at his attempt to do damage-control after tweeting, then deleting, an anti-Semitic meme.

The “Say Anything” star came under heavy fire after posting the tweet that was rife with Jewish stereotypes and his repeated attempts to defend himself only made matters worse, before he ended up blaming “a bot” for the move.

A discussion of a recent Israeli military attack which damaged a Palestinian hospital was the topic of tweets that responded to Cusack and prompted his reply, which was a retweet of an image of a hand marked with a Star of David that was crushing people.

“Follow the money,” Cusack wrote along with the image in a tweet that was screenshot by journalist Yashar Ali who declared, “This is disgusting.”

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize,” the original tweet that was still up on Twitter, said.

Cusack was immediately slammed for his tweet.

The criticism caused Cusack to go on the defensive in  series of follow-up responses.

Cusack responded to many of the angry tweets hurled his way, asking one person, “You think Israel isn’t commuting [sic] atrocities against Palestinians? What planet are you on?”

Eventually the actor blamed the mess on a “bot” in another tweet which was also deleted.

“A bot got me- I thought I was endorsing a pro Palestinian justice retweet – of an earlier post – it came I think from a different source – Shouldn’t Have retweeted,” he said.

He defended himself to others accusing him of anti-Semitism by noting his support of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

Cusack continued his string of tweets in the ongoing effort to douse the fire.

“I RT’d & quickly deleted an image that’s harmful to both Jewish & Palestinian friends, & for that I’m sorry,” he wrote.  “The image depicted a blue Star of David, which I associated with Israel as their flag uses the same color & shape. I know the star itself is deeply meaningful to Jews no matter where they stand on Israel’s attacks on Palestinians.”

“I get why it was a careless dumb thing to retweet,” the actor added, concluding that it was good to use his mistake to “spread awareness.”


Frieda Powers


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