Cheryl Hines, best known for playing Larry David’s wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm, is married to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent anti-vaxxer who appears to have a fandom in QAnon. One imagines the pair has some key differences of opinion on current events, and one such key difference was aired for the world to see after Kennedy spoke at an anti-vaccination mandate rally in Washington D.C. and compared the government’s insistence to take life-saving, pandemic-mitigating vaccines to the Holocaust.
At the antivaxx rally in DC, RFK Jr. says that in the future “none of us can run and none of us can hide” because of Bill Gates’ satellites and also 5G, unlike… the Holocaust.
“Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could hide in the attic like Anne Frank did.” pic.twitter.com/bRtmDBTxZl
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 23, 2022
Obviously, the mass genocide committed by the Nazis in Germany is not the same as the government mandating its citizens to take a life-saving medicine, and the backlash was swift. This put Hines in an awkward position, as she felt she had to publicly come out against her own husband’s comments.
My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.
— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines) January 25, 2022
As Hines made clear she did not think that the comparison of COVID-19 vaccines to the holocaust was in good taste, social media users pondered the concept of “dealbreakers,” a term used to describe a flaw in a potential partner that would cause one to end a relationship.
idk “my husband and i have different opinions on the holocaust” seems like a dealbreaker to me
— audrey bowler (@aud_bowler) January 25, 2022
Can’t wrap my head around when a spouse spews the most vile stuff & the other is like “I don’t agree… but it isn’t a deal breaker” https://t.co/fWGWUDLNSE
— ￼ (@HijaDe2Madre) January 26, 2022
My wife asked me to get the Ring doorbell fixed and I forgot and she got mad at me, but we made up.
If I had forgotten to get it fixed because I was, oh, say, invoking the holocaust to try to trick people into not taking life-saving vaccines, I’m pretty sure we’d be divorced.
— Jay Black (@jayblackisfunny) January 25, 2022
I do not understand how @cherylhines could spend so many years on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a show dedicated to celebrating Judaic culture, yet stay married to RFK Jr, a man who says being asked to wear a mask is “exactly” like torturing and brutally murdering 6,000,000 Jews.
— NewbieHoward ✡️ (@NewbieHoward) January 25, 2022
Kennedy later apologized for his remarks, saying his “intention was to use examples of past barbarism to show the perils from new technologies of control,” though conspiracies that 5G and vaccines are tools of government control have already been thoroughly disproven.
I apologize for my reference to Anne Frank, especially to families that suffered the Holocaust horrors. My intention was to use examples of past barbarism to show the perils from new technologies of control. To the extent my remarks caused hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry.
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) January 25, 2022
While the world may never understand how Kennedy and Hines’ marriage operates despite their strong differences on key issues, one can imagine Larry David is somewhere watching all this happen to his co-star and making a flustered face.