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Jewish TikTok star says social media has made antisemitism ‘socially acceptable’

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TikTok star Montana Tucker has been using her platform to spread awareness about anti-Semitism in the months following the October 7 attack on Israel.

The singer, dancer and social media activist has amassed 14 million social media followers through her singing and dancing videos, and has recently made her Jewish heritage a bigger part of her content. He said this in an interview with Fox News Digital. Since October 7, she has recognized the need for more education about the history of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denialism among America’s youth.

Tucker grew up in Boca Raton, Florida, with two grandparents who survived the Holocaust. They often spoke to her about the horrors of the Holocaust and the importance of never forgetting the massacre of six million Jews during World War II. When her grandfather, whom she called Zadie, died four years ago at the age of 97, she reminded people to “never forget” and carry on the legacy her grandfather left behind. she felt.

Tucker traveled to Poland to film a documentary series called “How to Never Forget,” which was released on social media as 10 mini-episodes. The series included a visit to Auschwitz and personal stories about his grandparents, with the goal of educating America’s youth about the Holocaust.

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“Anti-Semitism is always here and always has been here,” she said. “When I released that series, it was kind of the first time I really introduced my family background to my followers. A lot of them didn’t know I was Jewish. I My name is Montana Tucker, and my content at the time was: ” Not specifically Jewish content. ”

“One year later, in light of everything that happened on October 7th, I felt it was my responsibility and obligation to make sure I shared my personal story about what happened. ” she continued. “This is my people. My grandparents didn’t have a voice during the Holocaust, but now I have a voice and I stand up for what I believe in and stand up for those who don’t have a voice. You can raise your voice.” ”

In December, Mr. Tucker traveled to Israel to meet with survivors of the Oct. 7 attack and their families. She used this opportunity to spread the message of what happened and share their personal stories. She said this is of paramount importance given that some people have sought to downplay or deny certain aspects of the attack, or even try to justify it.

“I always heard Holocaust denial, but I couldn’t believe it,” Tucker said. “That’s why so much of what’s going on in the world right now is so negative, and even though what happened on October 7th was livestreamed, there’s still a lot of denial about it, and a lot of people still denying what happened or what happened. I didn’t understand that concept at all.” Now that people are denying what the survivor evidence clearly shows, It’s truly terrifying that people are living in denial about what happened on October 7th, and that’s why I continue to speak out. ”

Tucker also said she has heard from people in Hollywood thanking her for her actions in speaking out for Jews since Oct. 7, but she also said that she has heard from people in Hollywood thanking her for her actions in speaking out for Jews since October 7th. She explained that she was angry that she was afraid to share or talk about it.

“I’ve had people in Hollywood come up to me and say, I’m here. [motions down] and they are there [motions up]They’re at a completely different level in their career than I am, and they come up to me and say, “Thank you so much for your hard work, you’re amazing, you really work hard for the team.” ” And I was like, “What do you mean?” Like, did you share anything? Have you posted anything? ‘ And they said it was at first [but] It got them a lot of hate, they lost business, followers, etc. and now they’re afraid to post. In my mind, I was like, “Do you hear how crazy that is? ‘I feel like that.’

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“Especially because there are so many wonderful and powerful Jews in Hollywood…I think people should definitely stop being scared,” she said. “If you’re going to lose business by talking about being Jewish and talking about innocent lives being taken, then you don’t want to do business with people like that. That’s just the way it is.”

Montana Tucker attends the 2024 People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on February 18, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. (Getty Images)

Tucker cited social media as a big reason why anti-Semitism is so rampant, that “being anti-Israel is fashionable” and that “being anti-Semitic is fashionable.”

“For Gen Z and younger generations, we look at what’s trending, what’s popular, and what hashtags are popular on these apps… #HitlerWaslite is huge on TikTok We live in a time where #OsamabinLaden has become a massive trending hashtag. All pro-Palestinian content is super trending on TikTok, with billions of views and Anything related to Israel or pro-Israel was at a very, very low level.”

She said many of the people discussing conflicts on social media are uneducated on the issue, so she created a viral video with 30 million views in which the average user shares one person’s opinion about Israel or Gaza. Upon encountering the video, he said, “all of a sudden, now it’s going to happen.” There’s a ripple effect where everyone who just saw that video now believes it because they don’t know any better. ”

Tucker said social media is a place where so much information is shared and news is consumed, and anti-Semitism could be rampant in the months after October 7, so the impact of social media said it needed to be taken seriously.

“Even on October 7th, think about how different things would have been if we didn’t have social media today,” she said. “I think what happened on October 7th was the beginning. And now it’s been 100 days and it’s only getting worse with these videos giving everyone’s opinions and thoughts to people every day. [there is] I’ve seen too much propaganda. ”

“As I was fortunate to hear from a survivor, my grandmother was 13 years old when she was taken to the Holocaust and is now 95 years old. 1708509844″So in a few years, there will be no survivors. Then imagine literally no survivors and the denial,” she said.

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Tucker said one way to combat anti-Semitism is to teach young Americans about the Holocaust in schools.

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Montana Tucker attends the Los Angeles Premiere of Amazon MGM Studios’ ‘This Is Me…Now: A Love Story’ held at the Dolby Theater on February 13, 2024 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

“I grew up in Florida, which thankfully is one of the states where it exists and my grandparents spoke at every school…but there are a lot of people who don’t. I am,” she said. “It’s hard to blame kids who really don’t know anything because they haven’t been taught it in school.”

“Then they come across this TikTok video denying the Holocaust or saying Jews are terrible…and that’s all they’re going to know and that’s all they’re going to believe. ” she said. “If their favorite rapper or their favorite athlete spews out an anti-Semitic comment, they’re going to respect that athlete, they’re going to respect that rapper, and they’re going to say, ‘That must be true.’

Mr. Tucker encouraged Americans to continue to do their own research and learn about Israel and the long and difficult conflicts in the Middle East. She also said that people should be more tolerant of each other because there is “so much hatred” in the world, especially in the United States.

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