Comedian Jon Lovitz has joined the call for action against a group of teenagers who admitted to anti-Semitic vandalism. Last week, reports emerged that swastikas and the word “Jew” were drawn in maple syrup on the walkway of a California home, with feces also left nearby.
Three girls who attend school with the daughter of the homeowner were originally suspected, with the trio admitting to the act just a day later. The mother of one of the accused may face criminal charges for driving the teens to the home in the middle of the night.
Lovitz came out after the incident, announcing that he was a childhood friend of the homeowner, who is also the son of a Holocaust survivor. The comedian admitted that he himself was a victim of bullying in school and equated the vandalism with burning a cross on the home of an African American family.
“This is the worst thing you can do, to terrorize a family, outside of actually harming them physically,” Lovitz said.
Following the attack, the funnyman took to his Twitter account to spread news of the crime, garnering plenty of discussion on his page. Lovitz also posted a photo of the three teens, with the girls each shooting a rude gesture at the camera lens. The image was posted along with the message, “The 3 girls who are bullying my friend’s daughter. They want to be known. Let them be famous as Jew haters.”
LAPD said that because no permanent damage was caused, the girls would not be charged with a hate crime. The attack will instead be registered as a “hate incident.”
"Although no criminal conduct was established during these incidents, hate crimes and hate incidents are not just a violation against an individual or group, but also against the whole of society," the LAPD said in a statement. "As such, the LAPD places a very high priority on hate crimes."