A top aide to a Los Angeles city councilman was ousted over the weekend after posting jokes about the Holocaust and Jewish comedian Amy Schumer on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Los Angeles City Councilman Hugo Soto-Martínez denounced the comments, and said his staffer had resigned.
“The social media posts made by my staffer earlier today were disturbing and reprehensible,” Soto-Martínez wrote in a statement Friday. “With antisemitism on the rise in recent years and especially in recent weeks, cracking jokes about the Holocaust isn’t just disgusting, it’s dangerous.”
The councilman added, “These antisemitic and misogynistic posts sickened me, and I have accepted his resignation effective immediately.”
— Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez (@CD13LosAngeles) October 28, 2023
Soto-Martínez didn’t name the staffer, but multiple media outlets identified him as Josh Androsky, a senior advisor to the council member.
Androsky is a former comedian and TV writer who is also Jewish. His account on X, @ShutUpAndrosky, comes up on search but has been deactivated.
He made the comments about Schumer in an exchange on X with the “TrueAnon” podcast account.
TrueAnon tweeted, “Amy Schumer is particularly sensitive to Jewish deaths due to her experience in the Holocaust. The nazis named a concentration camp after her it was called Da Cow.”
Androsky replied, “This is cute or whatever but it’s f–ed up that you would say this about her when it you know it was actually Cowschitz.”
Sia Kordestani, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs who is Jewish, captured screenshots of the exchange, which later went viral
Schumer is best known for the films Trainwreck, Snatched and the Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer.
The actress and comedian has been vocal on social media about her support for Israel.
She helped spearhead a campaign in Hollywood known as #NoHostageLeftBehind, which expressed “overwhelming concern” for the 220 people taken hostage when Hamas militants attacked Israel on Oct. 7.
The group released a letter on Oct. 23, addressed to President Biden. It denounced the “savage massacre” carried out against Israel, and was signed by hundreds of Hollywood stars and executives.
“Thank you for your unshakable moral conviction, leadership, and support for the Jewish people,” read the letter to Biden. “We urge everyone to not rest until all hostages are released. No hostage can be left behind.
At least 1400 people were killed in Israel when Hamas carried out its coordinated attacks.
The Gaza Health Ministry told the Associated Press on Sunday that the death toll among Palestinians has passed 8,000 people, mostly women and minors, since Israel launched retaliatory attacks.