John Cusack blames 'bot' for anti-Semitic tweet; more

John Cusack

John Cusack

American actor John Cusack on Tuesday retweeted an anti-Semitic meme captioned with a neo-Nazi quote, then apologized and deleted his retweet following backlash from his social media followers.

"Well, if it needs more clarity - this can be instructive".

Actor John Cusack...on November 2, 2016.

He appears to have accepted that his original tweet was antisemitic, having posted: "Even if you don't have antisemitic bone in your body, it is still an antisemitic cartoon".

Cusack continued, "The use of the star, even if it depicts the state of Israel - committing human rights violations - when combined with anti-Jewish tropes about power, is anti-Semitic and anti-Semitism has no place in any rational political dialogue.... So I get why it was a careless, dumb thing to retweet".

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Another wrote: 'How does a bot "get you" to write "follow the money" after sharing an overtly antisemitic image?'

New York Magazine contributor Yashar Ali shared a screenshot to Twitter of Cusack writing "follow the money" in response to a cartoon of a large hand with a blue Star of David weighing down on a group of people. It was accompanied by a quote attributed to the French philosophe Voltaire: "To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize".

Shortly after the tweet was deleted, the "Say Anything" star explained to his followers that he was reacting to "pro Palestinian justice" and that a "bot" was to blame for the post.

This is a rather explicit case of anti-Semitism, but I doubt Cusack will be impacted it.

When he was no longer able to defend his comments, Cusack turned to a different excuse, claiming that he was somehow confused or personally hacked by a "bot" - an action he blamed on the "alt-right", even though he seems to have no evidence that any actual "bot" manhandled his account.

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