Brett Favre And Flavor Flav Got Tricked Into Making VERY Questionable Cameos
In the years since retiring from the Green Bay Packers, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre has met few dubious endorsement opportunities that he and whomever dumps the wheelbarrows of cash on his lawn didn't like. Cameo, an app that lets users shell out cash to have celebrities create personalized video messages, was certainly not beneath him, and at $500 a pop, it must've seemed much more pleasant than having to drive to conventions to sign autographs. What could go wrong?
CameoStill active, by the way, if you want to shell out half a grand to hear a hall-of-famer passionlessly recite the first 20 seconds of Rappers Delight or something.
Favre, as well as fellow Cameo-curious celebs Soulja Boy and Andy Dick, all got tricked into lending their support to a cabal of antisemites. They agreed to read seemingly innocuous phrases that were actually coded messages designed to tickle the fancies of any white supremacists who happened to be listening. Here's an example, using what Favre was paid to say:
"Brett Favre here with a shout out to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys. 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."
"Waking them up" means indoctrinating people into hating Jews, "small" references small hats (as in yarmulkes), and "USS Liberty" refers to a conspiracy theory that blames Israel for an attack on an American ship during the Six-Day War. To his credit, Favre apologized profusely once it came to his attention that he had unwittingly channeled the ghost of Goebbels.
Flavor Flav, meanwhile, got duped into giving a "happy retirement" message to George Pell, adding, "All of the boys on the choir respected you, you know what I'm saying!" If that name rings a bell, it's because Pell was a high-ranking Australian cardinal who was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually abusing minors. So if you're a celebrity who's aware of Cameo, take a couple of extra seconds and also acquaint yourself with the website "Google."
Rage Against The Machine Expressed Support For A Mass-Murdering Militia
Rage Against the Machine is a leftist rock group that has always been very explicit in their activism, even if that zeal has led them to express support for individuals who may be a tad questionable. But their most infamous example of misguided affirmation came in the music video for "Bombtrack," from their debut album. In it, the band gives a shout-out to Abimael Guzman, the leader of the Peruvian Maoist movement Sendero Luminoso ("Shining Path").