Jamie Foxx has apologized after facing criticism from the Jewish community for an Instagram post described as “antisemitic.”
The Oscar-winning actor is recovering from an undisclosed illness, and on Friday, Aug. 4, he shared a post saying some of the outpouring of concern and support from fellow celebrities and fans was “fake.”
“THEY KILLED THIS DUDE NAME JESUS…WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY’LL DO TO YOU???! #fakefriends #fakelove,” Foxx wrote in the since-deleted Instagram post.
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His comment drew condemnation from the Jewish community, with The Times of Israel saying Foxx was “echoing antisemitic tropes” that “Jews are collectively responsible for the killing of Jesus.”
The actor later removed his post and issued an apology.
“I want to apologize to the Jewish community and everyone who was offended by my post. I now know my choice of words have caused offense and I’m sorry. That was never my intent,” he wrote. “To clarify, I was betrayed by a fake friend and that’s what I meant with ‘they,’ not anything more. I only have love in my heart for everyone. I love and support the Jewish community. My deepest apologies to anyone who was offended.”
In a bizarre twist, Friends and The Morning Show actress Jennifer Aniston landed in the middle of the controversy after social media sleuths said she had “liked” Foxx’s post.
Aniston then tried to distance herself from Foxx with a statement on her Instagram Stories.
“This really makes me sick. I did not ‘like’ this post on purpose or by accident. And more importantly, I want to be clear to my friends and anyone hurt by this showing up in their feeds – I do NOT support any form of antisemitism,” the Emmy-winning actress wrote.
Both Foxx and Aniston trended on Twitter throughout the weekend, with Aniston facing just as much criticism as Foxx.
Many Black people, including political commentator Anthony Brian Logan, noted that the phrase about Judas is commonly used in the African-American community.
“I think what’s happening here is a cultural disconnect. The phrase Jamie Foxx used is very common. Maybe it’s just in the Black community. It is in reference to the best people still being treated poorly. It has nothing to do with the white people you call Jew,” Logan tweeted.
“#JenniferAniston is the internet version of moving into a Black neighborhood, gentrifying it and calling the police on Black people for having a cookout & playing music outside,” another person tweeted.
Others said Aniston is the real “fake friend.”
“#JenniferAniston is a Karen who will smile in your face but switch on you behind closed doors, a real Judas Iscariot,” someone else wrote on Twitter.
Foxx was hospitalized in April, for what his family said was a “medical complication.”
The They Cloned Tyrone star released a video statement on July 21, saying his sister Deidra Dixon, his daughter Corinne Foxx, doctors and God saved his life.
Jamie Foxx Trends After Being Called ‘Antisemitic’ for Instagram Post About ‘Fake Friends’
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