Jon Lovitz is combating anti-Semitism and bullies using ... Twitter.
The 54-year-old Jewish funnyman took on a serious tone in a series of recent Tweets to defend a childhood friend and his daughter, who found swastikas and the word "Jew" drawn in maple syrup on the walkway and feces on and near the doorstep of their Los Angeles-area home when they woke up on April 3, three days before the Jewish holiday of Passover began.
Lovitz posted a photo of the scene to his some 28,000 Twitter followers. He says the perpetrators are three 14-year-old girls who were driven to the house by one of the girl's mothers. The four in question have not talked to the press.
Police told the Jewish Journal that the three girls admitted to defacing the property, but could not be charged with a crime because the syrup, feces and toilet paper, which the teenagers had also thrown on trees, had caused no permanent damage.
Lovitz posted a photo that he says show the teenagers. In the picture, three young girls are holding their hands in front of their faces and giving the middle finger.
"The girls are being charged with a 'hate incident' because they said it was just a joke," he Tweeted. "My friend's parents are holocaust survivors. They did it to 'bully' his daughter. These are the 3 popular girls in school who did this... With the help of a mother."
"They want to be known," he said. "Let them be famous as Jew haters. Pls RT."
Days later, on Monday, April 9, Lovitz posted an update, saying: "The three girls who vandalized my friends home with swastikas and dog crap, have been expelled from their school permanently."
The Los Angeles Unified School District told KCBS Television that the girls have been disciplined but declined to comment about whether they have been transferred to another school.
"I was bullied too, in 9th grade," Lovitz added. "You fight back , they stop. Bullies are cowards and afraid of the people they bully."