John Cusack Issues Statement After Being Slammed For Sharing Anti-Semitic Tweet: ‘I Am Deeply Saddened’

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.

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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.”

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“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.”

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