Wellstar Health announced on Sunday that a surgical technician who had posted an antisemitic video to TikTok in which she likened herself to a Holocaust victim because she was required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer works for the company.
“Jessica Renzi is no longer an employee of Wellstar Health System. At Wellstar, we stand strongly against anti-Semitism as well as comments or behavior of any kind that do not serve our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We are dedicated to fostering an environment where all team members treat others with compassion and respect. Wellstar remains steadfast in our mission to enhance the health and wellbeing of every person we serve,” Wellstar said in a statement to WSB-TV2, an Atlanta, Georgia affiliate of ABC News.
In the video, Renzi complained about vaccine passports and in protest decided to get her inoculation number tattooed onto her arm. The seven-digit sequence read “GO 2 HELL” when inverted.
“Did you get it? Isn’t that such a great idea?” Renzi snipped as she proudly flashed her sinister ink.
Watch below via Michael Sneiden of WSBTV:
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Sadly, Renzi’s stunt echoed the cries of 150 anti-vaxx protesters who staged a rally against Wellstar’s October 1st employee vaccination deadline outside the company’s headquarters last week.
“Call it unconstitutional, call it whatever you want,” demonstrator Darrell Hester told WSBTV correspondent Tyisha Fernandes. “You’ve got medicine out here that’s taking years, decades to be approved and then you see you on TV now they say, ‘Hey, if you or your loved one has taken such a such a product, call this lawyer.’ Well, this has only taken months and it pushed through, yeah, that’s a little scary.”
The Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit organization that tracks hate groups, condemned Renzi’s flagrant exploitation of genocide.
“The use of Nazi and Holocaust analogies is deeply offensive, even traumatizing, especially to the families of those who perished and lost loved ones in World War II,” it said in a statement.” For Jewish families, Holocaust analogies trigger fear around one of the darkest, most antisemitic times in recent history, and these present day analogies come at a time of heightened antisemitism in the US felt very clearly by American Jews. Especially as the world deals with fear around the fragility of the pandemic, invoking Holocaust analogies only functions to further distrust and anxiety, not bring us together forward.”
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