Jewish actor Rob Schneider got blasted on Twitter yesterday after he tried to explain Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis.
The 53-year-old, best known for comedy flicks “The Animal” and “The Hot Chick,” sent out a tweet to Lewis after the activist came under social media cross-fire from President-elect Trump.
“Rep. Lewis. You are a great person. But Dr. King didn’t give in to his anger or his hurt. That is how he accomplished & won Civil Rights,” he tweeted.
Rep. Lewis. You are a great person. But Dr. King didn’t give in to his anger or his hurt. That is how he accomplished & won Civil Rights.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 16, 2017
Schneider, it seems, was responding to Lewis saying that he planned to boycott Trump’s inauguration. (Trump responded that the congressman was “all talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!”)
The internet did not take kindly to Schneider’s attempt to educate Lewis, who was a close friend of King, on the civil rights movement.
@RobSchneider naw man, you’re not the one. pic.twitter.com/UNqSKlDIA9— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) January 16, 2017
.@RobSchneider don’t whitesplain mlk to the man who literally sat at the table with mlk pic.twitter.com/oAg4VqlEb4— Oliver Willis (@owillis) January 16, 2017
Rob Schneider lecturing @repjohnlewis is the most embarrassing thing he’s ever done. Yes, this includes The Animal.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) January 16, 2017
Rob Schneider: known for his hot takes on racial justice pic.twitter.com/rqdVFregHJ— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) January 16, 2017
Take heed, @repjohnlewis. If there’s anyone still alive who would know what Dr. King was really like it’s @RobSchneider.— Sonar Jose (@SonarJose) January 16, 2017
Meanwhile, it appeared Lewis was unconcerned/completely unaware of the whole Schneider twitter debacle. He spent Martin Luther King day tweeting out messages of love for the civil rights hero, calling him a “friend…mentor…like a big brother.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was my friend, my mentor; he was like a big brother.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) January 16, 2017
He gave his life for us. pic.twitter.com/tKtk0fvY6J— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) January 16, 2017
We honor Dr. King’s legacy through service to our community and adherence to the philosophy & discipline of nonviolence #MLKDay #goodtrouble pic.twitter.com/URVlDGT2Yq— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) January 16, 2017