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How Jewish is Hollywood?

A poll finds more Americans disagree with the statement that 'Jews control Hollywood.' But here's one Jew who doesn't.

Joel Stein

December 19, 2008

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I have never been so upset by a poll in my life. Only 22% of Americans now believe "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews," down from nearly 50% in 1964. The Anti-Defamation League, which released the poll results last month, sees in these numbers a victory against stereotyping. Actually, it just shows how dumb America has gotten. Jews totally run Hollywood.

How deeply Jewish is Hollywood? When the studio chiefs took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago to demand that the Screen Actors Guild settle its contract, the open letter was signed by: News Corp. President Peter Chernin (Jewish), Paramount Pictures Chairman Brad Grey (Jewish), Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Robert Iger (Jewish), Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton (surprise, Dutch Jew), Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer (Jewish), CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves (so Jewish his great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel), MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish) and NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish). If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have not only the power to shut down all film production but to form a minyan with enough Fiji water on hand to fill a mikvah.

The person they were yelling at in that ad was SAG President Alan Rosenberg (take a guess). The scathing rebuttal to the ad was written by entertainment super-agent Ari Emanuel (Jew with Israeli parents) on the Huffington Post, which is owned by Arianna Huffington (not Jewish and has never worked in Hollywood.)

The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews. The sixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish.

As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you'd be flipping between "The 700 Club" and "Davey and Goliath" on TV all day.

So I've taken it upon myself to re-convince America that Jews run Hollywood by launching a public relations campaign, because that's what we do best. I'm weighing several slogans, including: "Hollywood: More Jewish than ever!"; "Hollywood: From the people who brought you the Bible"; and "Hollywood: If you enjoy TV and movies, then you probably like Jews after all."

I called ADL Chairman Abe Foxman, who was in Santiago, Chile, where, he told me to my dismay, he was not hunting Nazis. He dismissed my whole proposition, saying that the number of people who think Jews run Hollywood is still too high. The ADL poll, he pointed out, showed that 59% of Americans think Hollywood execs "do not share the religious and moral values of most Americans," and 43% think the entertainment industry is waging an organized campaign to "weaken the influence of religious values in this country."

That's a sinister canard, Foxman said. "It means they think Jews

meet at Canter's Deli on Friday mornings to decide what's best for the Jews." Foxman's argument made me rethink: I have to eat at Canter's more often.

"That's a very dangerous phrase, 'Jews control Hollywood.' What is true is that there are a lot of Jews in Hollywood," he said. Instead of "control," Foxman would prefer people say that many executives in the industry "happen to be Jewish," as in "all eight major film studios are run by men who happen to be Jewish."

But Foxman said he is proud of the accomplishments of American Jews. "I think Jews are disproportionately represented in the creative industry. They're disproportionate as lawyers and probably medicine here as well," he said. He argues that this does not mean that Jews make pro-Jewish movies any more than they do pro-Jewish surgery. Though other countries, I've noticed, aren't so big on circumcision.

I appreciate Foxman's concerns. And maybe my life spent in a New Jersey-New York/Bay Area-L.A. pro-Semitic cocoon has left me naive. But I don't care if Americans think we're running the news media, Hollywood, Wall Street or the government. I just care that we get to keep running them.

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Anonymous said...

The Americans are no nore dumb-arse than the Europeans when it comes to their lack of independent thinking and acceptance of being brainwashed by the mass media.

The Jews also do well at mass conditioning - which is the ultimate weapon of humanity.

Americans and Europeans ought to stop whining and get off their arses to combat this. White Americans and Europeans should follow the example of the Jews and start educating themselves and raising the values and strengths of their communities. The lack of whites in such positions is also testament to their lack of go-getting, intellectual confidence and zeal.

Anonymous said...

"How deeply Jewish is Hollywood?"

It appears to be very deeply run by Jews. I don't know all of the stats but it can't be denied from what I see. I'm not saying a Jewish run Hollywood is a problem in and of itself. The problem is that there are so many negative images of various groups EXCEPT JEWS ironically. Marlon Brando pointed that out before he died. It doesn't appear that Mel Gibson can get much work these days due to previous comments. I'm NOT defending what he said, but it serves as evidence that Jews control Hollywood. If the positive and negative images were balanced, no one would have a problem. However, they are not.

On the hand, Stein makes a good point here:

"As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishment. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you'd be flipping between "The 700 Club" and "Davey and Goliath" on TV all day."

I certainly would not want to sit through the programs above all day. A Hollywood controlled by evangelical Christians wouldn't be much better, IMO.

Anonymous said...

This has been well known for years and accounts for all those films where plucky Israelis take on the evil, Nazis, Palestinians, Brits,etc. Its also accounts for the monthly release of a "holocaust" movie, which will be guaranteed for an Oscar. The domination of the movie and arts by Jews also occurred in Weimar Germany .The resentment this caused explains the rise of the Nazis; Action-Reaction. By 1938 the Jewish domination of the Arts in Germany had been smashed. Whether the art was better I will leave to you, but you may like to google some of the art of Arno Breker and make your own mind up.