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Packers great Brett Favre has issued an apology after he was tricked into recording a video containing anti-Semitic language by hate groups posing as a veterans organization.
Using an app called Cameo which enables consumers to book personalized video greetings from celebrities, groups the Handsome Truth and the Goyim Defense League got Favre to record a message containing coded hate speech.
“Brett Favre here with a shoutout to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys,” Favre said in the video. “You guys are patriots in my eyes. So keep waking them up and don’t let the small get you down. Keep fighting, too, and don’t ever forget the USS Liberty and the men and women who died on that day. God bless and take care.”
“Waking them up” is a reference to anti-Semitic indoctrination in neo-Nazi lingo, while “the small” is an epithet that stands for “small hats” which refers to yarmulkes.
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In a note on Facebook, Favre explained he had been tricked into recording the video and also said he would be donating the $500 he received from Cameo to anti-hate groups.
“Like most Americans, I am sickened by what these groups stand for and concerned about their role in fueling today’s negative political climate,” Favre wrote. “The Cameo request from this organization is a prime example of how these groups are misusing social media to promote their agenda. I thought I was creating a message to support the brave men and women of our military forces. Had I understood the source of the request, I never would have fulfilled it. All of us – myself included – need to be vigilant to protect this country from these dangers.”
Cameo also issued a statement: “On or about November 22nd, Cameo talent received requests that appeared to be aimed at supporting the American military. After recording the videos Cameo learned that the request came from an anti-Semitic group and contained content that could be interpreted as anti-Semitic. This was a blatant misuse of the Cameo platform and a violation of Cameo’s terms of service. This is the first incident of its kind in more than 93,000 Cameos and a gross misrepresentation of the talent’s political beliefs. Cameo immediately removed the videos from the website, requested YouTube to remove the content and created new filters to prevent this from happening in the future. The user has been banned from purchasing Cameos.”Read the full story at CBS Sports