Many point out that the notion of Jewish deicide, Jews seen as collectively responsible for the killing of Christ, is a noxious antisemitic trope
Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx took to Instagram on Friday to share a message perceived by many as flagrantly antisemitic.
“They killed this dude named Jesus… what do you think they’ll do to you? #fakefriends #fakelove,” Foxx wrote in all caps to his 16.7 million followers.
While it wasn’t immediately clear who Foxx was targeting, many pointed out that the notion of Jewish deicide, Jews seen as collectively responsible for the killing of Jesus, has for centuries been a key component of Christian antisemitism.
Some on social media have likened the post to the antisemitic outbursts by disgraced rapper Kanye West.
Jennifer Aniston, who liked Foxx’s now-deleted post on Instagram, distanced herself from it shortly thereafter.
“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,” she stated in an Instagram story. “I truly don’t tolerate HATE of any kind. Period.”
Actor Jamie Foxx apologized to the Jewish community Saturday after a cryptic Instagram post about “fake friends” was accused of promoting antisemitism.
“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,” he wrote. “That was never my intent.”