During the ongoing terror in Gaza, many very famous people are alienating fans and brands with their “takes.”
Mia Khalifa’s passionate appeal to Palestinians who are being victims of genocide has been undercut by her more inflammatory comments about Hamas.
Meanwhile, Amy Schumer’s dozens of vile posts and extremely poor response to pushback have made her, as some calling for peace, have called her “the face of genocide” on social media.
Now, these polarizing forces are colliding, with Khalifa sharing Schumer’s angry DMs.
Mia Khalifa re-enters the conversation
Just a few days ago, Mia Khalifa shared a bunch of inflammatory messages sent by Amy Schumer on Twitter.
The messages were not for him. Instead, they were directed at Asia Jackson. The 29-year-old actress is of both black and indigenous Filipino descent, and she commented on Schumer’s horrifying scenes.
As you may recall, Jackson tweeted: “It’s so weird to me how Bella and Gigi had to walk away from their statements and then Amy Schumer is like ‘Gazaians are rapists’ and they’ll still have careers.”
Schumer messaged Jackson first after that post. It appears this was also when he followed her – apparently so he could send her some really out-of-pocket, confrontational DMs.
“Did I post something about the genocide of my people that upset you?” Schumer demanded. Many of us have received unexpected DMs from famous people. However, very few people get this taste.
However, Jackson kept his cool, replying: “Islamophobia and generalization of the Gazans did it.”
Antisemitism is real, but criticizing the government of Israel is not antisemitism
Schumer replied, “People all over the world are screaming in the streets for my people to be murdered.”
(There has been a very real increase in anti-Semitism! And while white nationalists are attempting to insert themselves into the discussion of Israel’s brutal bombing of Gaza, it is dishonest to equate support for Gaza victims with anti-Semitism.) Given the number of Jewish protesters in the US and in Israel)
“You are not educated about the history and struggle of the Jewish people,” Schumer charged. “Thank you for expressing what you were upset about. I want to express that I think you are anti-Semitic.” Fortunately, this is not what anti-Semitism means.
What does one have to do with the other?
Schumer demanded that Jackson tell her if he had any Jewish friends. She told him they felt “fearful for their children and their lives.”
This makes sense, given how rising fascism around the world has historically used anti-Semitism as a weapon. And both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise amid the conflict.
But… Jackson’s objections to the bombing of homes and hospitals, the massacre of more than 5,000 children in Gaza, don’t seem very relevant to this.
leave asia jackson alone
You can probably guess how Jackson, who just had a toxic stranger slip into her DMs and accuse her of not knowing what she’s talking about, reacted.
“That’s very curious to hear, how do you know I’m not educated about the conflict? How do you know this?” he asked.
Jackson then reminded Schumer: “You literally followed me, you don’t know who I am.”
If you don’t want people to see your horrible DMs to strangers, don’t send them
Jackson shared the post. Naturally, it escalated, and so did Schumer’s appalling Instagram posts, some of which portrayed Gazans as “rapists.”
Schumer later accused him of sharing DMs for her influence rather than Schumer’s No There is normal status in his DM.
And then Mia Khalifa shared it. When the Caliph spoke openly at the beginning of the conflict (again, not all of his comments were good) he lost trade relations. No doubt she feels invested in the ongoing conversation And In human rights atrocities.
Khalifa is sharing, but not speaking out, after losing some brand relationships last month.
It is a very sad state of affairs when people are afraid to even speak out against the genocidal bombing campaign against people living in open prisons.
That said, we can all acknowledge that Khalifa’s comments crossed some lines.
Genocide is bad; Details still need to be discussed
As we said at the time, most of us are fortunate enough not to know what we would do in the face of apartheid and peacetime ethnic cleansing.
Hopefully, attacking children and even killing them will never be the answer.
Palestinians want freedom; Hamas does not need cheerleaders. However, at this point, many doubt that Israel’s bombs have caused more deaths than the number of Hamas hostages that Hamas would ever have allowed.