John Cusack's Retweet Shows How Anti-Semitism Can Go Viral in Seconds

New York, NY, June 18, 2019 ... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today issued the following statement in response to actor John Cusack's retweeting an anti-Semitic meme, which he subsequently deleted.

John Cusack Anti-Semitic Tweet

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said:

"John Cusack’s retweet of an anti-Semitic meme, which has been widely used online by anti-Semites from across the ideological spectrum, shows how easy it is for hatred to go viral in seconds. Whether or not you blame it on bots, people are accountable for what they communicate both online & offline. Anti-Semitism and bigotry are unacceptable no matter what point a person is trying to make. This speaks to the larger issue of anti-Semitism becoming normalized in the discussion around Israel, which cannot continue."


ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.