Actor Gerard Butler lost his Malibu home in a raging wildfire last weekend, but leftists are having a tough time empathizing with the "300" star because he's an unabashed supporter of the State of Israel.
Butler posted a photo of the charred remains of his house on both Twitter and Instagram, and took followers on a "tour" of what was left of his Malibu property in his Instagram stories. His home was one of around 180 structures burned by two fires raging through Southern California, and one of nearly 6,700 structures destroyed statewide.
Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LAFD. If you can, support these brave men and women at https://t.co/ei7c7F7cZx. pic.twitter.com/AcBcLtKmDU— Gerard Butler (@GerardButler) November 11, 2018
But his tweet, which thanked first responders for doing the best they could to save his home and for evacuating his neighborhood, wasn't met with the typical outpouring of support seen for celebrity victims of national tragedies. Instead, leftists and anti-Semites responded to Butler's tweet with a barrage of hate, all because the actor has given money to support the Israeli Defense Forces.
Many called Butler's misfortune "karma," and mocked the actor with claims that he was merely experiencing what Palestinians experience every day.
I just find it ironic that you think what happened to you heartbreaking but funding Isreali army to do the same to Palestinian homes lol.— Israa (@ra2_281) November 12, 2018
This is nature's way of teaching u how one feels when a home is destroyed, lost or snatched.— Bull's Eye (@iTsTaLaT) November 12, 2018
And u raised money for IDF who do this to Palestinians every day.
Hope u learnt something.
Horrible. Reminds me of the Gaza massacre of 2014 when Israel dropped bunker busters on family homes.— Elizabeth Ferrari (@48thAve) November 12, 2018
I hope yours has all the support it needs.
Think about Palestine Iraq and Afghanistan You people burnt the houses of those poor people like this and devastated them Maybe you get some lesson from this thing and you realize something I am sorry to burn your house but you should definitely think about Palestine— ڈاکٹر ایمان آفریدی (@imaan_Afridi1) November 12, 2018
Perhaps you might take some time to think about how the thousands of Palestinian families who have had their homes and even schools destroyed by the IDF - that you have bizarrely and inhumanely raised funds for - feel?— Andy Egan (@AndyEgan63) November 12, 2018
Console yourself with the fact you have very good insurance and you're also a millionaire .not something that can be said for the Palestinian people that you helped turf out of their homes by supporting the I.d.f . Karma in action.— Andrew (@realAndyhammer) November 12, 2018
Butler doesn't mention his loss specifically in either his Twitter or Instagram post; he only asks for donations to the Los Angeles Fire Department, which has been battling the deadly blaze, making him more of a class act than his openly anti-Israel followers.
Butler's lack of popularity among the pro-Palestine crowd stems from a fundraiser Butler attended just last week hosted by the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. The 1,200-person gala, described by Variety as "star-studded," raised more than $60 million for the soldiers of the IDF and their families.
"The money raised goes to support IDF soldiers, and the families of fallen soldiers and wounded veterans through social, cultural, recreational, and educational programs," Variety reported last week. "Several donations from Thursday night will go directly to the Impact Scholarship Program, dedicated to helping combat veterans return to school. In addition to helping Israeli veterans, the organization seeks to maintain and nourish the strong bond between communities in the United States and the state of Israel."
Pro-Palestinian activists weren't happy and issued a series of condemnations, not just of Butler, but of other stars who attended the event, including musician Pharrell Williams and actor Ashton Kutcher, and likened them to "terrorists." They even began a campaign online to shun Williams and Kutcher using the hashtag "#HollywoodFundsTerror."
As of Sunday night, the California wildfires had claimed more than 30 lives and 6,700 homes and businesses state-wide. California fire officials anticipate that the three separate blazes are only around 25% contained, but that conditions appear to be improving.