Jewish Hollywood

How Jewish is Hollywood?
by Joel Stein, LA Times

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

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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