Brevity may be the soul of wit but, as Jamie Foxx learned in a post that took an actress as a casualty to the virtual mob, it remained the bane of social media users.
An attempt by the Academy Award winning actor to convey a personal message Friday left him slammed with cries of “anti-Semitism.” While he was quick to issue a clarifying statement, an apparent thumbs-up from “Horrible Bosses 2” co-star Jennifer Aniston left her with her own fire to put out.
The controversy started when Foxx took to Instagram in a since-deleted post that read, “THEY KILLED THIS DUDE NAME JESUS…WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY’LL DO TO YOU???! #fakefriends #fakelove.”
The ambiguous “they” juxtaposed with the allusion of the crucifixion of Jesus led some, including the Jewish world news organization A Wider Frame, to perceive the post as “horrifically antisemitic.”
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What’s more, as Foxx would later go on to pull the post from his account, the screenshot shared by A Wider Frame implicated Aniston as supportive of the perceived message because, at the very least, an account with her name and likeness had “liked” the controversial content.
Saturday, as claims of anti-Semitism began to spread, the actor took once more to Instagram and took care to spell out both his intent and an apology to anyone who may have been “offended.”
“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,” Foxx detailed. “That was never my intent. 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.”
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Some questioned the need for Foxx to even issue an apology as comments contended that the meaning had been clear from the onset. Fans weren’t alone in defending the actor as entrepreneur Adam Weitsman reacted, “I know you personally, I’m Jewish and know you are the last person that would EVER act Anti Semitic. Your kind and thoughtful to everyone. I would vouch for you always.”
Meanwhile, Aniston was left having to defend herself for something she asserted had nothing to do with her as she not only took the brunt over the perceived anti-Semitism but also from Foxx supporters who viewed her statement as an attack on the actor.
“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 feed — I do NOT support any type of antisemitism. And I truly don’t tolerate HATE of any kind. Period,” the actress posted leading one person to contend she was “lying about the post + throwing jamie foxx under the bus to save her own career…”
Others flocked to the comments section of unrelated posts with remarks like, “DO BETTER!” “Where is your apology for being LOUD AND WRONG about Jamie Foxx???” and “You don’t support someone saying the truth about Jesus??? Wow. God help you.”
jennifer aniston lying about liking the post + throwing jamie foxx under the bus to save her own career…
maybe i’m team angelina after all pic.twitter.com/NYTEgnCJHa
— quinn (@outtaminds) August 6, 2023
— KingTae (@OfficiallyTae) August 6, 2023
Jamie Foxx apologizing to the Jewish community instead of Jennifer Aniston apologizing to Jamie for the misunderstanding isn’t sitting right wit me
— Tori Nicks 2.0 (@MajestyRia) August 5, 2023
°… Jennifer Aniston on realizing the cost of liking Jamie Foxx Post!! pic.twitter.com/qU59yM8cw0
— Stephen Magyezi (@gyezimania) August 6, 2023
Naw. We’re dragging Jennifer Aniston until the end of time. This is just the beginning you dumb bitch. pic.twitter.com/137i80a7pA
— His WHAT?? (@DebJellinsky) August 6, 2023
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