MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is one of a number of celebrities who were reportedly tricked into recording videos for an anti-Semitic group.
BuzzFeed News reports that the NFL hall of famer, along with the rapper Soulja Boy and comedian Andy Dick, were all deceived into making videos for the Goyium Defense League (GDL) on the app Cameo, which allows people to pay celebrities for short videos.READ MORE: Como Park H.S. Student About To Take Flight As J-ROTC Cadet
In the videos for GDL, Favre and others read coded anti-Semitic messages. BuzzFeed News says the Cameo videos were then spread on YouTube to promote anti-Jewish hatred.
Following BuzzFeeds News’ report, Favre posted a statement on his Facebook page, saying that he thought the GDL was a veterans group, adding that he was sickened by their mission to spread antisemitism online.READ MORE: Behind-The-Scenes Of Wildlife Science Center's Mission To Learn All About Wolves
“The Cameo request from this organization is a prime example of how these groups are misusing social media to promote their agenda,” Favre’s statement said. “I thought I was creating a message to support the brave men and women of our military forces. Had I understood the source of the request, I never would have fulfilled it.”
The anti-Semitic group paid Favre $500 for the Cameo video. Favre says he is donating the money to charities that fight hate and bigotry.MORE NEWS: How Can You Tell If You're Truly Burning Out? What Can You Do About It?