If you're ever going to tweet about a horrifying genocide that permanently changed the geopolitical landscape of the entire world and almost saw the complete eradication of an entire people, you better choose your words carefully — especially if you're a public figure living in our society today. "Cancel culture" or not, penning tweets about the Holocaust that could be perceived as jocular is probably a bad idea, which is something Alton Brown learned recently.
What were Alton Brown's tweets regarding the Holocaust about?
If you've watched The Food Network or ever wanted to learn how to properly brine a turkey, then you've definitely seen Alton's face. The man is less a chef and more of a food scientist who takes a very measured approach to cooking with some pretty amazing results. He's a respected name in the food business.
Which may be why so many folks were confounded when the TV personality posted the following tweet on Tuesday, Nov. 10:
Brown, who has expressed in the past that celebrities should keep their political ideologies private, seemed to have been making a statement in regards to the 2020 election and President Donald Trump's refusal to concede and call for recounts all across the country.
Brown has gone on the record to state that even though he has "voted Republican most of [his] life" and he "consider[s himself] a conservative, [he] want[s] to believe there are still 'very fine' people on both sides of the aisle but...if #GOP leaders don't get their collective noses out of that man's a--, we're going to have words."
Brown also stated that he had voted for Biden in the past election because he doesn't agree with Donald Trump's approach to political and governmental leadership. He also cast a vote for Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in his home state of Georgia.
"It’s time for decency and unity to trump tribalism, racism, and disinformation," the Good Eats personality penned in since-deleted tweets.
Stopantisemitism.org posted a screenshot of his original deleted tweet, and embedded a follow-up response.
When a fan wrote back to Alton's OG tweet about the type of camp uniforms they'll be wearing, they said, "depends on what you're worth when you go in."
Alton responded by saying, "I have no gold fillings," which is a reference to the teeth removed from the mouths of murdered Jewish prisoners in concentration camps.
When someone saw Alton's tweet and wrote, "Yikes dude, take it easy." The Food Network star responded back with, "F--k you."
It didn't take long for the outrage to pour in and Alton took to the social media platform again, but this time to apologize and clarify that the remark wasn't intended to be a dig at the Holocaust but as an expressed fear for the direction the United States of America is heading in.
I apologize for the flippant reference I made to the Holocaust in my tweet last night. It was not a reference I made for humorous effect but rather to reflect how deeply frightened I am for our country. It was a very poor use of judgement and in poor taste.— Alton Brown (@altonbrown) November 11, 2020
As to be expected, many people, including stopantisemitism.org are calling for the Food Network to sever their ties with Alton Brown for his comments.
Others are conflating the fact that he's an admitted Republican with his Anti-Semitic remarks, but there are several other folks who are giving Alton a pass and believe that his comments are being taken out of context.
Not shocked he’s a republican, but he loathes Trump. While distasteful, this wasn’t a Holocaust joke. He’s saying that’s where we are heading if we don’t stop Trump’s power grab.— Brandon Avery (@bavery614) November 11, 2020
No offense, but he can use humor to broach this topic.— Flint Stone (@safespaceghost) November 11, 2020
Auschwitz style concentration camps are on the menu if Trump completes his coup, by saying you can't reference the holocaust without breathless reverence, you hobble people's ability to discuss and imagine that reality
He’s a Republican? Everything he’s posted has leaned toward disgust with Republicans and what they’re doing to this country.— Mindy 🗽🌊🧷💜♠️ (@MindyKB) November 11, 2020
So let me get this straight, he votes straight dem and THEN starts making holocaust jokes? seems right.— harold chasen (@haroldmchasen) November 11, 2020
I think he's been on a series of drunk rants and this one took a really wrong turn.— Daniel Simmons (@GigatonneCowboy) November 11, 2020
Quarantining has done a number on a lot of people, but I'm now worried about his mental health.