It seems that people really aren't happy with Arnold Schwarzenegger after his controversial Instagram post regarding the Capitol riots last week.
How's he going to get out of this one?
via: GettySchwarzenegger made a shocking comparison between the Capitol riots last week to Kristallnacht, a violent Nazi riot that took place in Germany in 1938, and it's certainly cost him a few thousand followers on Instagram. Here's the full story...
Now, Austrian-born Schwarzenegger immigrated to the United States in 1968...
via: GettyAnd first rose to fame through the 1977 documentary, Pumping Iron, which chronicled the tale of Schwarzenegger's defense of his Mr. Olympia crown.
The soon to be actor used went on to use his bodybuilding as a springboard for his Hollywood career.
via: GettySchwarzenegger soon turned to the movies, in particular, those of Reg Park, a bodybuilder, and star in B-level Hercules movies, for inspiration for what would later become a hugely successful movie career.
After being at the top of his bodybuilding A-game, it was only a matter of time before he moved over to the big screen.
via: GettyAnd he got off to a strong start - after a few small parts, Schwarzenegger received a Golden Globe Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in 1976's Stay Hungry. He went on to become a leading figure in several smash-hit '80s action flicks, including Conan the Barbarian (1982) and its sequel, Conan the Destroyer (1984).
But, of course...Schwarzenegger is known best for his role in the popular The Terminator franchise. The movies are a huge international success and have seen the star reprise his role for several sequels.
However, in 2003, we saw Schwarzenegger make a very different career move...
via: GettyThe star threw his hat into the California governor's race and ended up winning a seat in a special election.
The newly elected Republican governor promised to bring economic stability to the state.
via: Getty"If they don't have the guts, I call them 'girlie-men,'" he said of Democrats, early in his first term. "They should go back to the table and fix the budget."
Even though he left office in 2011...
And the actor hasn't been afraid to call out our current president, Donald Trump, in the last 4 years...
via: GettyBut it seems that Schwarzenegger finally lost his tether with the president following the shocking scenes at the Capitol last week.
A mob of Trump supporters started a riot in Washington D.C on Wednesday last week following Congress certifying Joe Biden's win...
via: GettyAnd it didn't take long for the riot to turn violent, with thousands of supporters crashing into the Capitol and vandalizing and looting the historical building.
A total of 5 people have died as a result of the riots...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanent… https://t.co/jHxSs2FEnt— Twitter Safety (@Twitter Safety)1610148088.0
This was history in the making...
I used to idolise American being an Australian. Now im just sad, sorry for the people are are doing the right thin… https://t.co/cMVuLzloCL— PsychoEmmii (@PsychoEmmii)1610352227.0
Political figures and celebrities instantly took to social media to share their thoughts on the horrific scenes...
Here’s my statement on today’s violence at the Capitol. https://t.co/jLCKo2D1Ya— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1609980960.0
The former governor posted a lengthy video on his Instagram to deliver a message to his fellow Americans...
via: InstagramBut while discussing the Capitol riots, he made a rather controversial comparison that really didn't sit well with a lot of his fans.
@nytimes Very, very poor understanding of history. And a very flawed juxtaposition. This is what happens when em… https://t.co/o0qQCfJBvL— realpolitik (@realpolitik)1610312068.0
@nytimes No. Its not the same thing. The victims of krystallnacht were defenseless. The windows belonged to shop… https://t.co/lJQbbq4rnP— Catherine's Book Choices (@Catherine's Book Choices)1610332501.0
@murray_nyc @Schwarzenegger I liked it too but comparing last week's events to the "Kristallnacht" doesn't seem app… https://t.co/JaK810cbVO— Christopher Greverode (@Christopher Greverode)1610301242.0
Don't shoot me but Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech was good until he dived into and got lost in the sword metaphor..… https://t.co/V5XGMb26tm— ranjona biryani banerji (@ranjona biryani banerji)1610336011.0
@Schwarzenegger I'm a liberal, I hate Trump, but at this point comparing them to Nazis is premature, they haven't d… https://t.co/zyzyp5MaJ1— Sam The SPAC Man (@Sam The SPAC Man)1610290879.0
@Schwarzenegger Ridiculous. But smart, perfect moment to build your own brand. A lot of people will fall for this u… https://t.co/lJQnfwJvkE— Alex Grant (@Alex Grant)1610305020.0
@Schwarzenegger The attack on the Capitol building was not against any particular ethnic or religious group. It was… https://t.co/e9oQsvywSN— thinking_vegan (@thinking_vegan)1610370706.0
@YoniMichanie @AlanZionist If a comparison was to be made, the correct one would've been the putsch. I suspect that… https://t.co/ntm7XkoB2X— JewOC (@JewOC)1610375014.0
@aravosis I don't need a Kristallnach reference to understand fascism.— Nodig: 'Wir haben es nicht gewußt'-voor-politici (@Nodig: 'Wir haben es nicht gewußt'-voor-politici)1610322903.0
Looking directly into the camera, Schwarzenegger began by drawing a comparison between Kristallnacht - also known as the "Night of Broken Glass" - to the riots last week.
via: InstagramFor some context, Kristallnacht was a violent riot held by the Nazis in Germany against Jewish people just before the second world war in 1938. Jewish owned shops and homes were looted and destroyed, and Jewish people were ruthlessly beaten and killed in the streets, all while the authorities allowed it to happen.
"I'm very aware of Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass."
via: Instagram"It was a night of rampage against the Jews carried out in 1938 by the equivalent of the Proud Boys," Schwarzenegger then said. "Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States. The broken glass was in the windows of the United States Capitol, but the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol - they shattered the ideas we took for granted."
The actor then spoke from experience, recalling his time as a youth growing up in Austria - having been born only 2 years after the Second World War in 1947.
"I grew up in the ruins of a country that suffered the loss of its democracy. Growing up, I was surrounded by broken men drinking away their guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history," he said.
Not all the men, Schwarzenegger said, were "rabid anti-Semites or Nazis" but became complicit "step-by-step" over time.
"They were the people next door," he said - like the lawyers, police officers, and state representatives who were present at Wednesday’s riot.
via: InstagramAs a child, Schwarzenegger said he saw the effect the war and crimes committed by the Nazis had on the people around him - including his own father, who "would come home drunk once or twice a week, and he would scream and hit us and scare my mother."
Schwarzenegger's words were incredibly touching...
@Schwarzenegger Superb speech, thank you. If only there were some current Republicans in Congress who shared these… https://t.co/QBplKwPOk7— MURRAY🧢🇺🇸 (@MURRAY🧢🇺🇸)1610296978.0
This actually resulted in the actor losing a few thousand followers on social media.
via: GettyShocking, we know.