By COLlive reporter
The man who filmed a disturbing video of himself ridiculing a young Chassidic boy with foul language about his looks has issued a public apology.
“I’m truly sorry for my actions,” Quai James said in a new video posted on Tuesday afternoon on Twitter. It has already received over 3,000 likes and many comments discussing his public regret.
The first video, which went viral on Sunday, showed a boy walking down what seemed to be a street in Brooklyn and being told that his haircut – a shaved head under the kippah and long payos – should make him cry.
“Had to really let my son know how i felt about the whole Jewish Haircut… Pray for the lil homie,” James first wrote. He later edited the post, and removed the word Jewish from the caption.
While the video was removed from the original posts on Facebook and Twitter, it remained available on private accounts and in groups, as well as on Reddit titled “Guy makes fun of Hasidic child.”
It was widely condemned as either anti-Semitic or simply heartless. Among the outraged responders was New York City Councilman Brad Lander who called the video “gross viral anti-Semitism.”
In the new video, James makes it clear that he is not anti-Semitic, noting that he has many Jewish friends and that his babysitter was Jewish. He goes on to express regret over what he has done.
— Quai James (@quaijames) May 8, 2018