This now-deleted tweet from 80’s romcom star John Cusack came straight out of the Daily Stormer, straight from the bowels of the alt-right.
It’s definitely disgusting, and for most actors, would lead to a career-ending dogpile. (See Michael Richards or Mel Gibson for context.) But John Cusack has a special place in so many 80s kids’ hearts, it’s hard to hate him. I mean, if you were around then, you knew him from “Better off Dead” and “Say Anything.” Ah, the classics.
In the 90s, Cusack added “Grosse Point Blank” and in 2000, “High Fidelity.” All good movies, well acted with heart. As an actor, Cusack has been working steady for 30 years without a career-imploding bomb (let’s not count “Hot Tub Time Machine”). Yet here he is, embracing alt-right dreck about Jews and money.
But wait: Cusack says he didn’t mean to tweet a terrible anti-Semitic trope about Jews and their money. In fact, he’s not alt-right at all–he’s anti-MAGA. He’s so anti-MAGA that he embraces the intersectional movement dealing with anti-Israel, Hamas-supporting causes.
… a bunch of tweets in between here because Cusack claims he doesn’t know how to make a thread in Twitter…
I’m even willing to give Cusack the benefit of the doubt here–some grace–that he carelessly tweeted a horrible anti-Semitic trope because he was combing his anti-Israel friends feeds and just agreeing with random thoughts.
But that makes him exactly like the one person he respects least. And let’s see Cusack offer some grace to our president, when some of Trump’s more ardent defenders share his opinions about Israel and its inhabitants.
It’s possible to be so far into the intersectional left that you hold hands with the alt-right. I think this mistaken retweet, from such a beloved symbol of teen angst, adds more proof to that notion.