December 7, 2022

Filipino Guardian

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Georgia v Florida game contains anti-Semitic message displayed on scoreboard

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Image for the article titled No, Kanye Wasn't Right — So Stop Sharing Anti-Semitic Hate Speech

Screenshot: Twitter/Vic Micolucci @WJXTvic

That’s why Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic interviews are so dangerous. Ye has over 50 million followers on Instagram and Twitter combined. His words carry weight and it is his failed responsibility to know that others would adopt his beliefs because of his lofty and unworthy celebrity status. At the end of Georgia and Florida’s neutral field SEC game in Jacksonville, someone projected the statement “Kanye was right about the Jews!” on the TIAA Bank Field scoreboard.

West lost his partnership with Adidas and other branded businesses after his repeated anti-Semitic remarks. The message, seen in Jacksonville, was incredibly similar to that seen on a banner above the 405 freeway in Los Angeles last weekend, with another urging passing cars to honk their horns when they did so agree while giving Nazi salutes. The Anti-Defamation League, whose mission is to stop the mistreatment of Jews and ensure equal treatment for all, found 2,717 incidents of antisemitism in 2021, a 34 percent increase from 2020. That’s an average of more than seven such incidents incidents per day.

It’s another disturbing example of a recent horrific trend of antisemitism simmering to the surface, joining the examples of Jason Whitlock and Kyrie Irving posting antisemitic content on social media. TIAA Bank Field is home to the Jaguars, who thankfully aren’t playing in Florida this week and could expose more fans to the anti-Semitic rhetoric. They’re in London to play the Broncos. This message was anything but a mistake. Someone with access to the scoreboard placed them there on purpose and should be disciplined. Nothing else is acceptable to post this. When I work at the Southeastern Conference, I want to be sure that no one from the Bulldogs or Gators athletic departments is involved. If not, I would consider moving the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party to a campus next season.

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