Jamie Foxx Issues Apology to Jewish Community Over Controversial Post

Jamie Foxx issued an apologetic statement after his Instagram post referencing Jesus, which he has since deleted, sparked accusations of antisemitism.

By Corinne Heller Aug 05, 2023 5:20 PMTags
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Jamie Foxx is apologizing for a social media post that drew accusations of antisemitism.

On Aug. 4, the Oscar winner wrote on his Instagram page, "THEY KILLED THIS DUDE JESUS... WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY'LL DO TO YOU???! #fakefriends #fakelove." Following a backlash on social media, Foxx deleted the message and issued a statement.

"I want to apologize to the Jewish community and everyone who was offended by my post," Foxx wrote on his Instagram page Aug. 5. "I now know my choice of words have caused offense and I'm sorry. That was never my intent."

He then offered an explanation. "To clarify, I was betrayed by a fake friend and that's what I meant with 'they' not anything more," he wrote. "I only have love in my heart for everyone. I love and support the Jewish community. My deepest apologies to anyone who was offended. Nothing but love always, Jamie Foxx."

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Foxx's controversial post, which was shared months after he was released from a hospital following treatment for an undisclosed medical ailment, did draw some "likes." According to a screenshot image shared by Jewish news Instagram account A Wider Frame, one of them appeared to be from Jennifer Aniston.

Following the backlash, the actress quickly issued a statement of her own.

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"This really makes me sick," Aniston wrote on her Instagram Stories, alongside the image. "I did not 'like' this post on purpose or by accident. And more importantly, I want to be clear to my friends and anyone hurt by this showing up in their feeds — I do NOT support any form of antisemitism. And I don't tolerate HATE of any kind. Period."

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