Wednesday, February 23, 2005

FARRAKHAN, THE COLONEL CAN'T: Russell Simmons seems to have set himself as today's civics lesson in moral equivalence. He's joined the boycott of KFC over the company's frankly shabby treatment of its chickens - although, as a vegan, he's not really turning his back on much there.

But at the same time, he's created a storm by shooting commercials calling for an end to anti-Semitism. You'd think that would make the anti-defamation league happy, right? Erm... no; they're a bit pissed off that Simmons refuses to withdraw his support for Louis Farrakhan. They have:

...called for Simmons to "publicly distance himself" from the teachings of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who they say has "a long record of anti-Semitism".

The ADL issued a statement that reads "While it is important that the public be informed and educated about the current state of anti-Semitism in the world, it is unfortunate that one of those promoting this campaign is Russell Simmons."

The statement goes on to say that "It is hypocritical for Mr. Simmons to lead a charge against anti-Semitism while failing to denounce manifestations of anti-Jewish hatred within his own community."

it's unknown if KFC are going to run a campaign to suggest that Simmons objects to them because of their kosher mashed potato.