John Cusack issued an apology Monday after accidentally sharing an anti-Semitic tweet.
Cusack posted a meme, which has since been deleted, of a large hand with a Star of David on the wrist, crushing a group of people.
A caption on the post read, “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize,” with the actor adding: “Follow the money.”
The quote was mistakenly attributed to the French philosopher Voltaire. It’s actually based on the writings of white nationalist Kevin Strom.
Noticing the image was being heavily criticized online, Cusack shared numerous apologies to explain what had happened.
“It’s clear that even if it was Israel’s flag & even if you don’t have anti-Semitic bone in your body, it is still an anti-Semitic cartoon. Because it deploys anti-Jewish stereotypes in its attacks on Israel, even if those critiques about state violence are legit.”
“I mistakenly retweeted an alt-right account I thought was agreeing with the horrible bombing of a hospital in Palestine.”
Cusack added within the numerous messages, “The image depicted a blue Star of David, which I associated with Israel as their flag uses the same colour & shape. I know the star itself is deeply meaningful to Jews no matter where they stand on Israel’s attacks on Palestinians.”
Cusack later issued a statement, expressing his “sincere apologies for the insensitive and offensive graphic that I regrettably retweeted.”
He added: “Social media has always been a platform on which I have engaged to express my thoughts and opinions, however, the material that I shared does not now, nor has it ever, represented my views in any shape or form. I have always believed that all people should live in equality, freedom and peace and I am deeply saddened that an account with which I am associated could perpetuate anything less.”