Saturday, July 4, 2009

Who Crafts American Culture?

How Jewish Is Hollywood?
By Joel Stein
Los Angeles 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 (ADL), 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 (great uncle was the first prime minister of Israel)
  • MGM Chairman Harry Sloan (Jewish)
  • NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker (mega-Jewish)
If either of the Weinstein brothers had signed, this group would have the power to shut down all film production...

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)...

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.

The ADL poll, [Chairman Abe Foxman] 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."

"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."

"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 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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