Barack Obama, a former president, criticized celebrities for sharing online conspiracy theories that are antisemitic. Whilst running for office in Pittsburgh, the location of the bloodiest anti-Semitic massacre in American history, he described them as “dangerous.”
Obama, who would support Democrats in close statewide races the next week, condemned the recent attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was allegedly attacked by a person who propagated rumors about the 2020 election and antisemitic conspiracy theories and expressed concern that political figures who downplay such violence endanger others.
He was referring to certain conservatives who have attempted to question the accuracy of news about the attack or who have made fun of it.
However, he claimed that political discourse posed risks outside of politics.
Obama noted that recently, “we’ve seen huge celebrities propagating ugly antisemitic conspiracy theories online, whether it’s out of malice or ignorance.” And you don’t have to be an expert on history to recognize how unacceptable and dangerous that is.
Obama seems to be referring to several antisemitic conspiracies that well-known Black athletes and entertainers have recently promoted, such as rapper Kanye West, NBA player Kyrie Irving, and former NFL linebacker K. Wright, J.