Anti-Semitic Group Tricks Brett Favre Into Making Video

Former QB says he's 'sickened' by the stunt
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2018 6:30 AM CST
NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – Brett Favre collected $500 for making a short video in which he thought he was expressing support for a veterans group. Turns out, the former star quarterback had been tricked into expressing support for white supremacists, reports USA Today. Celebs Andy Dick and Soulja appear to have fallen for the same anti-Semitic stunt, reports BuzzFeed. Favre made the video through the Cameo app, in which people can pay celebrities to make personal pitches. This is what Favre said: “Brett Favre here with a shout-out to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys. 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.”

BuzzFeed decodes it: GDL stands for Goyim Defense League, which makes use of the Hebrew word for a non-Jew. Handsome Truth is a YouTuber and one of its apparent leaders. "Small" refers to "small hats," or yarmulkes, and the USS Liberty line is a reference to a 1967 incident in which Israeli forces fired on a US spy ship in what both nations say was a case of mistaken identity. In a statement, Favre says he was "sickened" to learn he'd been duped and is donating his Cameo fee to anti-hate groups. Cameo has deleted the video. Soulja and Dick say they, too, made their videos unaware of the true intended audience. (Elsewhere, a professor at Columbia says she nearly passed out when she discovered anti-Semitic graffiti in her office.)

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