Jewish celebrities have joined the outpouring of grief over the deadly terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
Twitter has responded to the event with thoughts, prayers, and calls for unity.
Sending prayers to the people of Manchester. So incredibly heartbroken for all the families who lost loved ones.❤️— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) May 23, 2017
What incomprehensible horror to target children at a concert. My thoughts are with those whose worlds have been upended tonight #Manchester— Ben Barnes (@benbarnes) May 23, 2017
Just heard about the explosion outside of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Terrorism suspected. What a horrible tragedy.— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) May 23, 2017
Can’t believe what happened in #Manchester. So sad! My thoughts are with all the victims and their families 😥— David Guetta (@davidguetta) May 23, 2017
Sending all our love to Manchester today. The news has left us speechless and heartbroken❤️❤️❤️— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) May 23, 2017
Heart breaks for everyone at the @ArianaGrande show- terrorism and hatred disrupting a magical escapist experience. Sending all love.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) May 23, 2017
Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, wrote on Facebook that the horrific events in Manchester represent “the worst and best of humanity”.
Last night, at the 10th annual Stand Up for Heroes in Madison Square Garden, a whole slew of comedy legends came out to honor vets, including Jerry Seinfeld, Louie CK, and much-missed ex-Daily Show Host Jon Stewart.
With one week to go in this crazy hurricane of an election, the candidates were obviously a topic of interest. Stewart in particular had an anecdote about The Donald, which he titled, “The Day I Woke Up To Find Out Somebody Was Tweeting Weird Shit About Me.” That someone, it turns out, was Trump, who in April of 2013 launched a weird, unprovoked Twitter barrage against Stewart, who he “called out” (read: anti-Semitically dog-whistled at) for not using his real, much more Jewish sounding name.
The results were amazing. Please, treat yourself to this clip. It’s worth it.
Lana Adler is a Forward Fellow working in opinion. Follow her on Twitter @Lana_Macondo
A whole lot has been said about Trump’s disastrous (and, come on, Trump supporters, it was disastrous) performance during the Second Presidential Debate. From his shameful and insulting use of Bill Clinton’s accusers as props to his threat to literally imprison his opponent to his pacing around the debate floor like a trapped, orange animal, Trump really outdid himself in the department of troubling ridiculousness.
This includes his answers to the questions posed “town hall” style from a selected audience. He continuously hijacked peoples’ questions to go on completely unrelated tangents about emails, ISIS, Benghazi, China, and any number of completely question-unrelated, often completely fact-devoid subjects. The few times he actually came closest to answering questions that audience members asked, he managed to be offensive and myopic.
Another problematic behavior The Donald decided to carry forth into this debate? Dog whistling to his anti-Semitic fan base. He repeatedly and often completely tangentially mentioned noticeably Jewish-sounding names (Sidney Blumenthal, George Soros, Jonathan Gruber, and Debbie Wasserman-Shultz), all of whom he conjured up as corrupt holders of cabal-esque power who Clinton has in her pocket.
Though frustrating, it’s easy to dismiss those dog whistles and the anti-Semitic undertones they represent as minimal, something we can forget about. This, however, is arguably a mistake, and that becomes clearer as soon as you delve into the festering underbelly of Alt-Right Twitter. Rest assured (or, rather, don’t), because lots of people were listening out for those whistles, and hearing the call.
Here are ten Tweets (among many of their kind), just in reaction to the debate alone.
(((They))) are now admitting globalism is their project - exposing themselves one at a time, beautiful!#MakeAmericaGreatAgain #AmericaFirst pic.twitter.com/cRkqY5x6bX— David Duke (@DrDavidDuke) October 10, 2016
Did you hear that ? #Jewess @DanaBashCNN called #Trump a Hitler-Stalin. #Share the laughter. pic.twitter.com/XDMsjEzIOI— Pearl Pureheart (@sweetliltweet) October 10, 2016
WORLDWIDE MEDIA is against TRUMP > The same JEWISH media who lied about 911 to the world (Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, Gulf Arab…) pic.twitter.com/4JvPgUP1cr— Alice Frischmann (@behindcurtains1) October 10, 2016
#PaulRyan is a pathetic Zionist cocksucker and traitor. This girly boy doesn’t breath without asking hymie for permission. #MAGA #Trump2016 pic.twitter.com/rf1msx5wED— Scottie Spencer (@Smoloko123) October 10, 2016
People don’t just lie because they’re journalists. They lie because they’re Jews, or because they work for Jews.— AdolfJoeBiden™ ? (@Bidenshairplugz) October 9, 2016
When Trump wins president i want every god dang fucken dirty babyraping jew cooked well done fukdat shit yo— diejewdie (@TRUMPCOOL) October 10, 2016
Replace the Left with the Jew https://t.co/OH4yLpzbNX— Deplorable Irish (@Rep_of_Kelly) October 10, 2016
The worst thing you can do is name the Jew. https://t.co/0bJuyvbZDT— Spectre (@SpectreForever) October 11, 2016
#debate when the moderators join in pic.twitter.com/WtXiB6eTbf— Fiery Realism (@FieryRealism) October 10, 2016
There’s nothing that Jews want more than war with Russia. They thrive off of international strife. Can’t imagine why that would be. https://t.co/VqoCd9I6qI— McFeels (@jazzhandmcfeels) October 10, 2016
Of course, these are just people on the internet, but forgetting that they’re there and they’re hearing Trump when he calls out to them—however subtly, or not—is a mistake. He knows they’re there, and as he loses support among more and more of the mainstream right, he’s going to rely more and more on their support.
When you whistle loud enough and long enough, it’s always possible the dog will come.
Watch out, Pepe! In a fight against anti-Semitic and racist attacks, Twitter users are now using a secret weapon: Kermit the Frog.
Kermit is framed as an anti-bigotry (but equally green) alternative to Pepe the Frog. Pepe is popular among “alt-right” Twitter trolls and white supremacists, and was recently declared an official hate-symbol by the Anti-Defamation League.
The feel-good counterattack was started earlier this week by Josh Marshall, the creator of Talking Points Memo, a liberal political news site.
I feel like the rest of us need to get behind a canonical pluralism frog to turn back the tide, re-appropriate what’s been lost. pic.twitter.com/bjXTzjR56c— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 3, 2016
Soon after people started tweeting pro-Kermit and anti-Pepe memes using the hashtags #TakingBackTheFrog and #ImWithKer - a play on Hillary Clinton’s popular slogan #ImWithHer.
Here are some of our favorite examples
Only one frog soars above the rest as a symbol of hope and possibility. #takingbackthefrog #teamkermit @joshtpm pic.twitter.com/nZQrkqYbyf— Mike Scholtz (@MikeScholtz) October 3, 2016
You’d better believe #ImWithKer. pic.twitter.com/8QFzGjPfAY— BRAAAINS! Jay Jones (@brianjayjones) October 3, 2016
#ImWithKer because Sesame Street has known about Donald Grump since I was a kid. pic.twitter.com/aRlz15mOp4— Dusty (@DustinGiebel) October 3, 2016
Because Kermit has always appreciated strong outspoken women#ImwithKer #PluralismFrog #TeamKermit #TakingBacktheFrog @joshtpm pic.twitter.com/MVF3Uu08cs— (((Hey))) (@NoThatVeck) October 3, 2016
He’s spent YEARS in loyal service to his country (not like that Draft Dodger, Pepe). #ImWithKer pic.twitter.com/TcgD4Ca3kt— Girls Really Rule. (@girlsreallyrule) October 3, 2016
@joshtpm #MakeAmericaKermitAgain pic.twitter.com/WJXnoALfVU— kenny (@kennyjacobs) October 3, 2016
#ImWithKer because teaching kids to hate is not ok. pic.twitter.com/EGg3oZbs1I— Renée (@Rawr_is_me79) October 3, 2016
#ImWithKer because I want something better for us than bigotry. pic.twitter.com/UEaPgzEkGQ— jenn (@JezebelButler) October 3, 2016
#Imwithker #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/s0sMWHw6V5— George A. Hickman (@popmortem) October 3, 2016
Kermit gets it. #imwithker pic.twitter.com/k12LfVKJiY— Tammaria Blue (@Tammariablue) October 3, 2016
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A tweet Lena Dunham wrote five years ago has resurfaced—and is causing a major internet backlash.
“An uncool thought to have: ‘is that guy walking in the dark behind me a rapist? Never mind, he’s Asian.’” the actress wrote on July 12, 2011.
An uncool thought to have: “is that guy walking in the dark behind me a rapist? Never mind, he’s Asian.”— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) July 12, 2011
The Twitterverse responded with swift calls of racism.
“Wow Lena way to deny Asian men’s agency,” a user wrote, while another called her out for displaying “white privilege.”
One user used the opportunity to point out the much discussed lack of diversity on Dunham’s show “Girls,” quipping: “Is that guy walking in the dark behind me in Girls? Never mind, he’s Asian.”
. @lenadunham you CANNOT be so lost in #whiteprivilege that you think this is funny. #racist #problematic #youknowbetter— Bflood28 (@Bflood28) September 2, 2016
@lenadunham @jonny_is_good wow Lena way to deny Asian men’s agency— huge bean in the bar (@McLeemz) September 2, 2016
@lenadunham “is that guy walking in the dark behind me in Girls? Never mind, he’s Asian”— Matt Provenzano (@mattprov94) September 2, 2016
@lenadunham What a gross, racist thing to say. Seriously consider deleting your account.— Rebel Mur (@marybrebner) September 2, 2016
Dunham has been having a rough time on social media lately. Last week, the actress landed in hot water after recounting an incident of being “rejected” by football player Odell Beckham Jr. at the Met Ball.
“I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards,” Dunham wrote in her Lenny Newsletter. “He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”
After a subsequent internet backlash, she took to Instagram to apologize for her comments, calling her assumptions “narcissistic.”
I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it. Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena
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