Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a 12-minute direct-to-camera address on YouTube in which he urged antisemites and other racist and discriminatory hate groups to stop spreading hate and to choose a brighter path. The action star, who made headlines last year for visiting the Auschwitz concentration camp and for reckoning with his father’s own Nazi past, called out anyone who has “heard some conspiracies about Jewish people or any race or gender and thought, ‘That makes sense to me.’”
“There has never been a successful movement based on hate,” Schwarzenegger said. “Nazis? Losers. The Confederacy? Losers. The Apartheid movement? Losers. I don’t want you to be a loser. I don’t want you to be weak… despite all my friends who might say, ‘Arnold, don’t talk to those people. It’s not worth it,’ I don’t care what they say. I care about you. I think you’re worth it. I know nobody is perfect… I can understand how people can fall into a trap of prejudice and hate.”
“It’s easier to make excuses that the Jewish people conspired to hold you back then it is to admit that you just needed to work harder,” the actor continued. “It’s easier to hate than it is to learn… Nobody who has chosen the easy path of hate has gotten to the end of the road and said, ‘What a life.’ No. They die as miserably as they lived.”
“No matter how far you’ve gone, I want you to know you still have a chance to choose a life of strength,” Schwarzenegger said. “You have to fight the war against yourself… The [hate] path is easier — you don’t have to change anything, everything in your life that you aren’t happy about can be somebody else’s fault… [But] you will end up broken. I don’t want you to go through all that.”
Although Schwarzenegger has been making headlines for political advocacy as of late, he will soon return to entertainment with his first starring role in a television series courtesy of Netflix’s action comedy “Fubar.” The series centers on a father-daughter duo who discover their entire relationship was built on a lie and they are each CIA operatives.
Watch Schwarzenegger’s full video in the post below.
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