The Anti-Defamation League is prompting widespread derision on social media for trying to make Halloween more inclusive and respectful, as the organization sees it.
“It’s long past the time for [the ADL] to return to their original mission,” one (of many) perceptive social media users advised.
On its website, the nonprofit organization posted a series of tips, which it promoted on Twitter, that “can help teachers address potential issues like cultural appropriation, cultural stereotypes, and costumes that marginalize those who don’t conform to traditional gender norms.”
“Many children and families don’t realize that their costume choices are potentially hurtful or offensive,” the ADL explained, in part.
Critics, including Tucker Carlson, have claimed or implied that the once highly respected organization founded in 1913 is just a branch of the Democrat Party in disguise, as it were, and has also embraced identity politics in various forms.
“The ADL was such a noble organization that had a very specific goal, which was to fight antisemitism,” Carlson told Megyn Kelly last month on her podcast in responding to criticism the group has leveled at him. “That’s a virtuous goal. I think they were pretty successful over the years. Now it’s operated by a guy who’s… just an apparatchik of the Democratic Party.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 25, 2021
Former Obama White House official Jonathan Greenblatt has served as the organization’s CEO since 2015.
According to FBI 2020 statistics, nearly 60 percent of all religious bias crimes in the U.S. were reportedly committed against persons of Jewish heritage, which is obviously a very disturbing trend.
In the political context, antisemitism seems particularly on the rise on the left, where anti-Israel sentiment has gained traction as a proxy for bias against Jewish people.
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) December 20, 2020
With that in mind perhaps, the consensus on Twitter seems to be that the ADL needs to get back to basics, which does not include policing or refereeing Halloween costumes. Here is a sampling:
The original mission is a full-time job in 2021.
— Melissa Braunstein (@slowhoneybee) October 25, 2021
Thank you for tackling issues that matter.
— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) October 24, 2021
Does it bother you that you are no longer a legitimate organization?
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) October 24, 2021
Is there a costume for “politically correct wokescold”?
— Defenestrated from the Overton Window (@dantobias) October 24, 2021
ADL is sticking their nose on issues that has nothing to do with their mission. It will backfire and they will lose both their mission and the issues they are trying to overreach.
— Steven Ben 🦁 (@sbenari59) October 24, 2021
What sucks about your org now is that you used to do very important work combatting antisemitism. Now I fear that your change in focus to ridiculous unserious aims actually may give fuel and fodder to the very thing you used to fight against.
— (((Rachel Kaplan))) (@RachelMiniK) October 25, 2021
What about gender appropriation?
— Christina Sommers (@CHSommers) October 25, 2021
Wouldn’t it be easier to hang an “No Longer in Business” sign on your account? Meanwhile others are addressing pro-Israel students harassed on their campus, random attacks on Chasidim in NY and security threats hanging over all our institutions.
— David M. Spier (@davidmspier) October 24, 2021
I want to think that this is a joke post. But I’m quite sure it is not.
As a life long progressive, I say this: You need to fire your social media team. It’s the only way to save face.
— A. C. E. (@AceWolfSavage) October 25, 2021
As a Black American, I wonder where the @ADL was when Ralph Northam had on blackface.
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) October 25, 2021
I suppose I’ll put my clown costume away then, it looks like you’ve got it covered.
— Danny Damage🕶️ Digital Fact-Shamer (@BluntDamage) October 24, 2021
Cultural appropriation is more accurately named cultural appreciation in nearly every case. Pass it on.
— Guy Henry 🧢 (@GuyHenry_7) October 24, 2021
Me: “I wish I could summarize the risks and inherent dumbness of aimless organizational mission drift with only one Tweet…”@ADL: “Here, hold my beer”
It’s like you and the ACLU are in some competition for trading once useful raison d’etres to become grey blobs of wokeness.
— Rhode Islander (@rhodeislander) October 24, 2021
I recommend dressing up as an ADL donor for Halloween. It’s easy. First, dress like it’s the 1990s. Then walk around throwing cash blindly at ideologues who have contempt for you. https://t.co/4Hi60aBeBc
— Abigail Shrier (@AbigailShrier) October 24, 2021
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