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Jamie Lee Curtis gets emotional as she speaks out against anti-semitism

The star's family left Europe during World War II

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Beatriz Colon
Beatriz Colon - New York
New York WriterNew York
11 October 2022
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Jamie Lee Curtis is standing her ground for her comments in response to Kanye "Ye" West, after he sparked controversy for his threats to the Jewish community.

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The actress made an impassioned statement during an appearance on the Today Show against the rappers anti-semitic comments, which she promptly responded to on Twitter.

She could not help but hold back tears as she spoke with Hoda Kotb, maintaining that she hopes Ye gets the help he needs after a series of erratic comments and behavior.

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His tweet, which led to his accounts on both Instagram and Twitter being restricted, said: "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE."

He added: "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because Black people are actually Jew also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever [sic] opposes your agenda."

As the Today host read the tweet, Jamie was immediately appalled, saying: "I woke up to this."

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The star spoke out against anti-semitism

Promptly after his problematic statement, the star was quick to denounce his words, replying with: "The holiest day in Judaism was last week. Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. Your words hurt and incite violence. You are a father. Please stop."

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The Halloween lead admitted: "I burst into tears. I woke up and burst into tears," and exclaimed: "What are you doing? It's bad enough that fascism is on the rise around the world, but on Twitter, on a portal, to pour that in, as if Jewish people haven't had it hard enough?"

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Jamie has previously opened up about her family's legacy

She couldn't help but get emotional, revealing that she immediately thought of her grandparents on her father's side. They are originally from Mateszalka, Hungary, though they immigrated to the U.S. after the Nazi invasion in 1944.

In conclusion, Jamie maintained: "It's abhorrent. It's abhorrent behavior. I hope he gets help. I hope his children get help from him. It's terrible… and if we aren't reacting, who are we?"

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