Jamie Lee Curtis Tears Up Over Kanye West’s Comments on Jews

Michael Myers isn’t the only person who can make the actor cry.

Michael Myers isn’t the only person who can make Jamie Lee Curtis cry.

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Curtis guested on the Today show to promote her final appearance in the Halloween franchise. But the scream queen — whose father was Jewish — broke down when the conversation turned to Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments.

Jamie Lee Curtis appeared loose, laid-back, and in good spirits when discussing the recently released Halloween Ends. She explained to Hota Kotb that moviegoers see horror films as a way to deal with trauma instead of repressing it.

“People can confront what they can’t control,” Curtis said.

West’s Comments Bring Curtis to Tears

Curtis also commented on how modern technology — cellphones in particular — can help people find mental treatment more easily than in the past.

“These devices that we have … are both for incredible good … and then portals for incredible hatred and vile people,” Jamie Lee Curtis told Kotb.

The Today co-anchor used those comments to segue into a discussion about Kanye West’s controversial statements as of late.

As soon as Kotb brought up West’s name, Curtis began to sigh and shake her head.

Kotb noted that West recently posted on social media: “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE. The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”

Shortly after West made those remarks, Jamie Lee Curtis scolded him in a tweet.

“The holiest day in Judaism was last week,” she said. “Words matter. A threat to Jewish people ended once in a genocide. Your words hurt and incite violence. You are a father. Please stop.”

Curtis Explains Her Emotional Reaction

Curtis elaborated her stance on the Today show.

“I woke up and burst into tears,” she said — and began crying again. “It’s bad enough that fascism is on the rise in the world, but on Twitter, on a portal, to pour that in — as if Jewish people haven’t had enough? … It’s abhorrent.”

She continued: “Our new movie is as much about what happens about victim-shaming and what gets poisoned. And the victim is actually the one who the community piles on.”

Kotb jumped in: “I’ve interviewed you so many times, and I have never seen your eyes well up in anger like that.”

Jamie Lee Curtis replied, saying she’s been thinking about her Jewish grandparents.

“I hope he gets help,” she said. “I hope his children get help. … And if we aren’t reacting [to West’s comments], who are we?”

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  1. Who cares what these libs think?! She’s an actress, not a great one but she can turn on the tears when needed. She suddenly hates Kanye just because he’s came out a conservative and Hollyweird libs are the worst of the bunch! Everyone said her father Tony Curtis was a great man but she’s not crying over Jewish comments 🙄

    • What is wrong with you? She is as entitled to her feelings and opinions as anyone else. Being an actor doesn’t negate her Being a person with thoughts and feelings. Or you’re just okay with asshole opinions, like Kanye’s and yours?

  2. But you are ok with thinking and giving out a rant? Why overlook his…as a man who shoukd know better and doesn’t. His words were stupid of anyone, color or voting preference. A stupid minute which will never end. Shame on him and you for seemingly breaking it down for the rest of us. He’s wrong as so are you. Words matter.

  3. He was sleepy and never made clear why he was upset with the Jews, though he shouldn’t lump them all together. I’m asking we not assume. Was he saying he felt blackballed by some Jews or that both he and Jews have been blackballed? He never incited violence. Words do matter, but they don’t live forever. He could sure use counseling, but I think Curtis was overblowing this for publicity. It is true that anti-Semitism is, horrifically, on the rise.

    • Wait, so antisemitism is on the rise but Curtis is not hurt by an anti Jewish declaration against people made by an extremely influential Person?
      She is a descent of Jewish grandparents. I She and her father blended as non Jewish but that was the role they had to play while she was growing up.

  4. He was upset for good reasons! It wasn’t antisemitic! Many of her Hollywood friends have said awful things about Christians and Jews! She is virtue signaling!!

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