Jamie Foxx issues an apology for an alleged anti-Semitic Instagram post

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Actor Jamie Foxx issued an apology on Saturday after some, including actor Jennifer Aniston, criticized the wording of a previous Instagram post regarding the murder of Jesus Christ as being antisemitic.

Screenshots of a recent Instagram post by Foxx that is no longer visible on his account show that he said, “They killed this dude named Jesus.” “What do you suppose they’re going to do to you? “#fakelove #fakefriends”

Some Instagram users believed that Foxx’s use of the pronoun “they” alludes to the long-held conspiracy theory that Jews were primarily to blame for the Roman Empire’s execution of Jesus on charges of sedition. Anti-hate organizations like the Anti-Defamation League have previously called this myth a “myth” that has been used to justify anti-Jewish violence.

Foxx’s post was published as a screenshot by the Jewish news Instagram account A Wider Frame, who described it as “horrifically antisemitic.” Aniston posted her own accusation against Foxx on Instagram Stories when followers of the account discovered that she had “liked” Foxx’s post in the screenshot and voiced concern that Aniston was doing so: “I feel awful because of this. I didn’t ‘like’ this post intentionally or by chance. Furthermore, I want to make it absolutely clear to my friends and anyone who has been offended by this appearing in their feeds that I do not condone any kind of antisemitism.

Foxx acknowledged concerns about his remark on Saturday but vehemently denied that he was making any reference to Jews.

“I want to apologize to the Jewish community and everyone who was offended by my post,” Foxx wrote in a follow-up post Saturday. “I now know my choice of words have caused offense and I’m sorry. 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.”

“I am Jewish and I thought it was one helluva leap to call it antisemitic,” David Krumholtz, an actor who recently starred in “Oppenheimer,” replied to Foxx’s apology. “I knew exactly what you meant. Everybody needs to chill.”

Foxx recently made headlines after he was admitted to the hospital in April for unidentified reasons. He recently participated in Netflix’s “They Cloned Tyrone,” which also starred John Boyega and Teyonah Parris.