“Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Cheryl Hines said the opinions of her husband, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., are “not a reflection of my own” after he peddled a series of bizarre and unfounded coronavirus conspiracy theories over the weekend.
Kennedy, a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-N.Y.), compared the experience of anti-vaxxers to that of victims of the Holocaust, referenced Anne Frank and ranted about 5G technology during a rally against vaccine mandates in Washington, D.C.
His comments drew widespread criticism. On Twitter, the Auschwitz Memorial and Museum said that “exploiting of the tragedy of people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured & murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany — including children like Anne Frank — in a debate about vaccines & limitations during global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral & intellectual decay.”
When another Twitter user responded to the institution’s tweet to ask whether Hines stood with her husband, she responded: “My husband’s opinions are not a reflection of my own. While we love each other, we differ on many current issues.”
When someone else suggested she share the statement that “no one should compare anything to the horrors of the Holocaust” and that “my husband was wrong to do so,” Hines said she agreed.
The next morning, Hines tweeted another statement condemning Kennedy’s remarks.
“My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive,” she wrote. 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.”
Hines and Kennedy, who wed in 2014, have put their differences regarding the coronavirus on display before. Guests to their 2021 holiday party were instructed to get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 before attending.
Kennedy, one of the biggest peddlers of vaccine disinformation online, said the invitations had been handled by Hines — and that he hadn’t known of the request.
“I guess I’m not always the boss at my own house,” he said at the time.