Brett Favre, other celebrities say they inadvertently recorded video messages for anti-Semitic group

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, rapper Soulja Boy and comedian Andy Dick all say they inadvertently recorded videos with coded anti-Semitic messages for an app called Cameo, which allows fans to pay for personalized videos from celebrities.

A group of white supremacists who call themselves the Goyim Defense League, or GDL, paid for videos of all three celebrities repeating anti-Semitic messages, BuzzFeed News reported.

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"Brett Favre here with a shoutout to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys,” the NFL legend said in his video, which has since been removed. "You guys are patriots in my eyes. So keep waking them up and don’t let the small get you down. Keep fighting, too, and don’t ever forget the USS Liberty and the men and women who died on that day. God bless and take care.”

"The small" refers to "small hats," a slur for the traditional hats worn by Jewish men, yarmulkes, according to BuzzFeed.

The "USS Liberty," a historical event that anti-Semites often misconstrue to promote bigoted tropes, refers to a 1967 incident in which Israel fired on a U.S. ship, killing 34. Both countries have said it was a case of mistaken identity during the country's Six-Day War, with Israel believing the U.S. ship was Egyptian. 

The scripts given to Soulja Boy and Dick are similar, with references to GDL and coded anti-Semitism.

All three celebrities in statements provided to BuzzFeed said they were tricked into making the videos, thinking they were for fans or members of the military.

Favre, who received $500 for his video, in a statement on his Facebook page said that he plans to donate the fee "to Charities supporting their fight against hate and bigotry." Videos from Soulja Boy go for $100 and videos from Dick are $99.

Favre said he thought GDL "appeared to be a U.S. veterans organization" and he was "distressed" to learn it was an anti-Semitic group.

"The Cameo request from this organization is a prime example of how these groups are misusing social media to promote their agenda," Favre said.

Dick told BuzzFeed that he was devastated and a spokesman for Soulja Boy said his video "in no way supports his personal beliefs." 

Cameo in a statement to BuzzFeed, said it removed the videos as soon as they began to go viral in alt-right internet spaces.

“On or about November 22nd, Cameo talent received requests that appeared to be aimed at supporting the American military," Cameo said in the statement. "After recording the videos Cameo learned that the request came from an anti-Semitic group and contained content that could be interpreted as anti-Semitic." 

"This was a blatant misuse of the Cameo platform and a violation of Cameo’s terms of service," the statement adds. "Cameo immediately removed the videos from the website, requested YouTube to remove the content and created new filters to prevent this from happening in the future. The user has been banned from purchasing Cameos.”

White supremacist and former California Senate candidate Patrick Little, who is associated with the GDL, said during a Monday livestream that he believes the videos were "a very intelligent way to get celebrities to name them and shame [Jews]," BuzzFeed reported. 

“Good troll with the Brett Favre thing," Little added. "Well done. He either has to double down or renounce it."