Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre, actor Andy Dick, and rapper Soulja Boy were paid to create video clips where they unknowingly made coded anti-Semitic statements, according to a report by BuzzFeed News.
The videos in question were created on Cameo, which allows its users to pay for celebrities to create personalized messages. The platform told the outlet that it was unaware of the messages’ anti-Semitic nature. A group known as the Goyim Defense League (goyim is a Hebrew word for someone who is not Jewish) claimed responsibility for the messages in a livestream on Wednesday (Nov. 28), according to the report.
Favre reportedly says in his video, “Brett Favre here with a shoutout 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.”
The anti-Semitic terms are apparently coded, with “small” referring to “small hats” which is a slur for yamulkes. The USS Liberty went down during the Six Day War, when it was inadvertently shot by Israeli forces. Conspiracy theories have sprung up since, and “remember the USS Liberty” has emerged as a rallying cry for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic individuals who believe that Israel purposely fired on the ship, according to BuzzFeed.
Favre took to his Facebook page to address the news. “On November 22, I received a request to record a shout-out supporting what appeared to be a U.S. veterans organization for Cameo, a company that enables consumers to book personalized video greetings from celebrities,” he wrote. “I had previously fulfilled more than 50 of these requests without incident. Since I match service dogs with military veterans who have PTSD, I assumed that the request stemmed from my interest in veterans affairs and recorded the message.”
He continued, “A few days later, I was distressed to learn that the request came from an anti-Semitic group that reposted my video with comments implying that I endorsed their mission. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am therefore donating my $500 Cameo fee to Charities supporting their fight against hate and bigotry.”
Favre added that he was “sickened by what these groups stand for and concerned about their role in fueling today’s negative political climate.” For their part, reps for Dick and Soulja Boy both told BuzzFeed News that they were unaware of the nature of the messages (which were reportedly similar to Favre’s) and believed they were supporting fans.
This article originally appeared on THR.com.