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Do Jews Control Hollywood?

posted by Brad Hirschfield

Of course they do! Note that I said “they” and not we, even though I am certainly proud to count myself as a member of the Jewish people. But using the word “we” in response to the question of who controls Hollywood creates the false impression, as the ADL’s Abe Foxman has pointed out, that ” Jews meet at Canter’s Deli (in LA) on Friday mornings to decide what’s best for the Jews.” “We” don’t. Not that it might not be tempting to have that kind of control, but there is no “we Jews” or “the Jews”. At least not in that sense.
Joel Stein writes in the LA Times that both Foxman and I are wrong. He says about his own research on this topic: “The Jews are so dominant; I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies.” That may be true, but it in no way justifies Steins use of “The” Jews, to describe what some Jews are doing. But it brings to mind a joke from Nazi Germany which may explain how Jewish Joe Stein takes pride in a classically anti-Semitic canard.
The joke tells of two Jews riding a train across Poland in the late 30′s. One is reading a Yiddish paper as his fellow passenger peruses Der Sturmer (a Nazi publication). Passenger number one is deeply troubles by this but says nothing for hours. Finally, unable to control his horror, he says to passenger two, “how can you read that vile rag?”
The second passenger retorts, “And why not? In your paper, the world is collapsing, we are in danger and there is nothing we can do about it. But in my paper, we control the banks, the press, and the entire world! What’s not to love?” Joel Stein is simply a contemporary version of Passenger two.
But given that this is not Nazi-occupied Europe, that the Jewish people enjoys greater freedom, power and affluence than any time in our collective history, it does make one wonder why his greatest experience of Jewish pride is to imagine the veracity of a Jew-hating fabrication.


I guess when there is no real content underlying your pride in who you are, there is nothing left but to mirror the same ethnocentric pathologies and sick fantasies of domination which those who hate you use against you. Not surprisingly, two groups which imagine themselves as diametrically opposed are in fact, remarkably alike.
Of course, Foxman’s claim that the grossly disproportionate number of Jews who have powerful positions in Hollywood is merely a matter of coincidence is also a bit silly. Ironically, like Stein’s claim, it is born of the inability to measure anything other than pride or hate. Jewishness for Foxman, like for Stein, at least in this instance has no content.
He is unable to point to anything in 3,000 years of cultural, intellectual, spiritual, or political history that might contribute to this demographic anomaly. That’s pretty sad for a man who is often touted as one of America’s most important Jewish leaders.
I appreciate that if you spend most of your time looking for anti-Semites, there is little available capacity to articulate anything positive about Judaism and/or Jewish experience that might contribute to our success in certain areas of endeavor. But perhaps that should caution us against spending that much time, energy and money fighting those who hate us.
Do Jew-haters exist? Certainly. And those that do, need to be fought. But if you don’t know why you are worth loving, or at least respecting, is it really worth fighting those who hate you? Better to just vanish and make the whole problem of being hated disappear along with you.
Let’s see if next time around Stein can integrate some of Foxman’s facts and Foxman can help Stein to articulate something sufficiently positive about being Jewish that it makes sense to fight those who hate Jews.



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eastcoastlady

posted January 13, 2009 at 12:07 pm


Actually, what pleasantly surprises me is that at least so far, there are not numerous comments to the effect of, “But it’s true! The Jews really do control Hollywood!”



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Pavvel

posted January 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm


A definite article makes all the difference in the world, doesn’t it?
It may be true that Jews control Hollywood. But add the definite article and you come up with an offensive, even dangerous, absurdity.



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Esther Kustanowitz

posted January 13, 2009 at 4:21 pm


If the Jews control Hollywood, how is it possible that I don’t have my own show yet?



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Robert

posted January 13, 2009 at 5:26 pm


“But perhaps that should caution us against spending that much time, energy and money fighting those who hate us.”
But the thing is, most of the hate is still directed to those who happen to be of the same religion as you who do hateworthy and outrageous things. As long as hateworthy and outrageous things in Hollywood or Israel are OK as long as they are done by Jews, there will be this confusion.
Confusion.



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Eric

posted January 13, 2009 at 8:39 pm


Thanks Rabbi Hirschifield for this post.
This is very eye-opening for me. This takes a different look at identity, culture and pride. I really enjoy reading your writings. Keep on posting those articles.
Thanks.
Eric



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New Age Cowboy

posted January 14, 2009 at 1:56 am


If Jews control Hollywood, I say who cares. It’s better than James Dobson or Mel Gibson. I could barely take “Passion of the Christ” once.
It’s become so popular to protest the MSM and Hollywood. I say, “Why bother?” It’s not like we need these things like air. If you don’t like something, then turn it off. That’s your right as an American, and don’t forget it.
I’m not nuts about porn, and I don’t know exactly who is in on that. But as far as mainline Hollywood goes, it seems like there’s a lot of diversity presented. Didn’t Steven Speilberg direct “The Color Purple”? Hasn’t Jon Stewart, Daily Show host, been pretty critical of Israel’s actions in Gaza? Aren’t there more than just Israeli films shown in art houses?
Come to think of it, there was a lot of Jewish Hollywood types that supported Obama, like Sarah Silverman. Didn’t Joe the Plumber tell us that Obama would mean death to Israel?
My family is Irish back several generations, although I figure I’m as American as apple pie. If I don’t like what comes out of Hollywood, I just don’t watch it. If Jews are good at producing films, that’s great. Maybe it’s as benign as the Japanese being good at making automobiles. Why blow it up into something?



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Alex Nodopaka

posted January 14, 2009 at 10:57 am


There are riches in laughter & without Jewish humor the streets of Hollywood would be only tin echoes… lol.



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Your Name

posted January 14, 2009 at 11:38 am


Weren’t Hollywood,films, etc. created because the Jews, initially, were victims of anti-semitic attitudes and unable to get jobs in fields that they had been trained for Europe? Since nepotism is prevalent in Hollywood why would anyone be surprised that there are many Jews who work in the industry. Yet there are many other religious, ethnic and cultural groups that work in the field today and have added great ideas, new dimenensions and great talent.



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Ruvain

posted January 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm


Jews run Hollywood? Oh, in Hollywood, we’re told it’s the Gay Mafia that controls everything? Of course, its a combo of the Jews and the Gays that are in charge — That explains why Mel (Jews are Evil) Gibson and Tom (Couch Jumper) Cruise are major stars.



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Your Name

posted January 14, 2009 at 3:34 pm


‘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.’
This is pure comedic gold! Joel Stein is hilarious. Thanks Rabbi Brad for bringing these types of columns to my attention.



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friendly soul

posted January 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm


There are many brilliant and talented Jewish people in the arts. There are many more in science, teaching, medicine, engineering etc. Even though they are a minority in this world, they shine in so many fields of endeavor. I salute them.



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Moishe Maven

posted January 14, 2009 at 8:08 pm


I agree with “Friendy Soul”, but add that it’s filmmakers that control Hollywood. Yes, some of the most business-savy and demonstrably professional are Jews, but are also catholics, christians, scientologists, spiritualists and even calathumpians, all high-flying filmmakers that have a major voice in the Industry.
Despite the thinking by one commentor, that Jewish stories created Hollywood (“Weren’t Hollywood films created because the Jews”), it didn’t. But early on in the piece, a segment of Hollywood was Jewish Cinema. One Jewish cinema story was made mainstream and became The Jazz Singer–the first mainstream talkie. And many others were also remade as mainstream films.
If you’re old enough, you may remember the Ma and Pa Kettle Movies. The original story was about a Jewish family living in Minsk. The story was adapted to film by a non-Jewish Australian, but stuffed up by the studio in sequels to dumb the characters down as country hicks, but the Australian screenwriter still had enough control to make sure the Jewish humor and creativity was kept in. Yes, Jews have a lot to be proud of in Hollywood (and on Broadway). But read the Torah. What you fight you become. Remember, Stein means vessel (as in beer stein); and empty vessels make the loudest noise.



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Anonymous

posted May 30, 2009 at 8:59 pm


But you can’t ignore the fact that you really have to know someone to make it big in Hollywood. It would be naive to look past this when you see the huge proportion of Jewish actors and producers in Hollywood.
But it’s the same deal everywhere unfortunately. Here in Oz, people that went to Grammar schools have an inherent advantage over other people when looking for jobs (despite being flipping idiots).



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Gentile

posted July 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm


I don’t know what’s worse, Nazis condemning people because they are Jewish or Jewish people condemning Gentiles if they are not. Racism is racism any way you look at it, and I hope (I’m Atheist, so I don’t pray) that we’ll come to a place where racism is condemned across the board, though with excellent films like Valkerie failing to receive critical praise and Oscar nods, I’m not holding my Gentile breath.



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Paul Bennett

posted July 22, 2009 at 7:55 pm


Gentile, I agree with you (Well not the atheist part. I do believe that the greatest man who ever lived was/is a Jew. And is also my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ).
My question deals with the sensitivity of some Jews over what an antisemite is. I remember when Michael Jackson in is song “They don’t really care about us,” said the lyric “Jew me, sue me.” Jews were up in arms over the comment and called Jackson an anti-semite even though the song attacked a lot of other races. And I have never heard of Jews condeming the use of the word Nigger or Nigga in rap songs. Oh! Maybe it’s because many of the executives are Jewish?



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EL

posted November 1, 2009 at 1:56 pm


Paul Bennett , you are 100% correct. Jews control what Americans see, hear, and read. They also control our screwed up, capitalist banking system. Oh, and did I mention they run the porn industry as well? They’re the elephant in the room, folks. Easy to see why American culture is so dysfunctional.
Question:
What’s more racist than a country/state where only Jews are allowed to live(Israel)? Talk about irony! And how are Jews above criticism?
Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out who these people are and why they have American in their back pocket. Antisemitism is a smear tactic word. It’s used to black-ball anyone who disagrees with the Jewish agenda. Jews only care about Jews and Jew interests. They treat everyone else like less than human. They’ve stolen another race’s legacy and claimed it as their own to build sympathy and hide their real intentions.



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Your Name

posted December 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm


I believe no person should be denied a benefit based upon the color of their skin or the origin of their ethnicity. Rather, a person’s actions should be determinative of any economic benefit. To do otherwise would be idiotic & contraty to capitalism, the very principle upon which America is built. That being said, I encourage every American to voice their Constitutionally protected 1rst Amendment opinion regarding any race or ethnicity, be it with regards to Blacks, Caucasians, Jews, Irish, Italians, American Indians etc… That being said,the fact is there are 6 major media conglomerates as follows;
1) The Walt Disney Company (Bob Iger, CEO);
2) News Corporation (Rupert Murdoch, CEO & Founder);
3) Viacom Inc. (Murray Rothstein aka Sumner Redstone, Chairman) ;
4) Time Warner Inc. (Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO);
5) Sony Corporation (Howard Stringer, CEO);
6) Vivendi S.A. (Jean Rene Fourtou, CEO);
These 6 conglomerates control approximately 95% of all media (both visual & printed content) in the United States. The complexity of mergers & acquisiotns resulting in the above cited list is staggering. Query who actually controls America;)



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Michael

posted February 17, 2010 at 9:12 am


At the end of the day, anyone can make movies or launch a newspaper. Millionaires and Billionaires from around the world. From this generation to past generations.
Any hold that jews hold over top roles could easily be shifted overnight. However it takes a geniune interest to do what they do. Entertainment is a very noble cause that many people overlook.
When you are depressed, suicidal, poor, miserable, lonely, sad, neglected, abused, overlooked, have no friends, have no life…entertainment can shift your entire mood, your entire outlook, it can give you hope and it can help you forget with it’s escapism.
It can also fight for and push a cause and reach a large audience. Look at all the large scale christian films done, the epics, the westerns that show the history of the American people.
Personally I think it’s a shame that more gentiles aren’t putting their money into entertainment. Some money is starting to come in from the middle east, they are starting to make more muslim films. There is money coming in from India, more films that raise awareness about their culture.
With digital format ramping up, it’s only a matter of time before more and more people are given a platform. With some work, anyone can raise up a large enough platform online to show their film, especially if it’s something worth watching. Revenue can be generated and an empire can be built.
But that requires more than just an idea. It requires hard work and a passion. All those CEO’s aren’t there just because they are jewish but because they have a passion for that line of work. They could easily go work for some telephone company or something else as a CEO but they love the creative atmosphere. Find me someone with more passion than Spielberg who hasn’t made it yet! The man finds the best scripts he can get, he works out for months before a shoot, he throws up because he gets so nervous. Matt Damon said he followed Spielberg around for a day to see what he does and halfway through the day he had to stop because he was exausted. He said Spielberg was all over the place running around doing things.
A lot of successful people have the tendency to be meticulous. A good example is Stanley Kubrick who was highly meticulous. Born in NY from Jewish parents.
Another tendency of successful people is that they are born from parents who have a decent income. When one of your parents is a doctor like Kubrick, you can afford to go to college, you can afford to have hobbies like photography and can afford to start filming things. He funded his first film with the help of wealthy family and friends. Not because he was Jewish, but because of the people in his life. How many gentiles are doctors? How many of their kids can do what Stanley did? He wasn’t a success after his first few films either. He kept at it. Watch the documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures to learn more about him.
My point being is that anyone can do it. However you have to also wonder about the whole role models thing. When a lot of black kids grow up they see Michael Jordan and Emmitt Smith. Many want to be basketball players or football players. White kids see Joe Montana or some other quarterback and want to be a quarterback. You go into high schools and many of the quarterbacks are white. Is that racism? Or is that just kids growing up wanting to be like their role models?
If history has taught us anything, that is that people are creatively lazy. Nobody knows what they want to do, be, or what to believe in. A simple proof to that statement is how many people are Christian just because their family is Christian and they were raised around it. Or muslim because their family is Muslim. They didn’t choose their religion, many don’t choose their path in life, they sort of get delt their cards and end up falling into historical patterns.
Maybe it’s a lack of faith. Personally I love to play basketball and in high school I even wanted to play for the team. I went to meet with the coach, who happened to be black with a mostly black team and I thought to myself..I’m not good enough. These guys are good, I wouldn’t even fit in, people would think I was trying to be something I’m not, I’d embarrass myself…doubt after doubt after doubt. I didn’t do it. And the truth is I wasn’t really that good at it but I play almost every day at my gym, I loved to play.
So it passion but you also have to have faith and a lot of the time faith is rooted in seeing an example. When you are a young jewish boy and you dream of being a director, it’s probably easier to pursue it when you think Spielberg was jewish. So was Kubrick. Maybe I got a shot. Want to be CEO? Who in their right mind thinks they are qualified for that? Well the other guy was jewish, so was the other. Maybe I got a shot..work hard towards it and see what happens.
Something to think about.



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Michael

posted February 17, 2010 at 9:34 am


Also wanted to add that you really have to look at the board of the directors who elect the ceo. And then at the shareholders who approve the board of directors. The largest shareholders have the most sway.
Also just like the white quarterback and black basketball players, you have to remember that the oftentimes white coaches are the ones who select the players. The gentile white board members and shareholders select who they think would be the best fit for the job.
And many times that is rooted in their own mental stereotypes. I worked for a jewish boss before and he was highly successful and was quite detailed oriented and demanded things be done a certain way. He had lost assistant after assistant and many people talked bad about him and wouldn’t work with him. I liked the guy and was meticulous myself so we got along great.
My point being is if you see jews in a certain way, blacks in a certain way, white’s in a certain way and you are in charge of hiring, suddenly that will influence your decision.
If you see Jews as meticulous penny pinching money hungry obsessive people…who better to run your company? I mean seriously, versus some lazy fat american who spends and doesn’t care about money, who isn’t meticulous but overlooks things and who’s busy wondering about gold curtains and statues in their house who bleeds the company dry not caring anything about legacy…(worldcom ceo).
Many jewish business are built on a legacy, a name that they are very proud of. Many times they put their own name on it (Weinstein Co)! You think they are going to screw everyone when it’s their name on it, they are building an empire, they try to put out quality stuff. It’s the people furthest from that name that destroy it.
When Walt Disney was alive Disney was unbelievable with the stuff it put out, legendary! His name right there on it, it had to be.
Find me someone with the passion that Walt Disney had? It’s remarkable. The technology is there, shorts can be done to show your passion, you can slave away and put it out there. But few are willing to. Will we ever see another Walt Disney? How many filmmakers aspire to be a prolific as Spielberg or Kubrick?



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Your Name

posted February 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm


For every happy memory Hollywood has created with its left hand, it has been pilfering with its right.
J.P. Morgan (cause of the first Crash leading to the Great Depression?), Bernie Madoff (the Greatest Thief in history?), Ben Bernanke (who profits from his trillion dollar loan to the U.S. specifically?), why is Israel dealing with poor people and siphoning money and support from America? FOX News is like Network on Steroids and is run by Rupert Murdoch (half-Jewish). I am sure he enjoys lowering the standards of a nation in a manner in which even the Eugenicists of the 1920′s would have been proud.
Thank God for artists like James Cameron and Mel Gibson (neighbors btw) who are fully capable of making GREAT films and inspire generations to come with their filmmaking abilities.
I think it is nauseating the halo effect at play in America. I think the Armageddon Narrative is being used to dupe Christians (which takes very little effort). And might I remind Hollywood that most of its BEST actors, and supporting talents are not predominantly Jewish. Again, sponging off them in the form of lawyers/agents.
Frankly, I don’t think it is that Jews are that much smarter than anyone else, it is just that Americans are so much dumber than most of the rest of the world. That and the political system is so easily corrupted by Special Interests that no wonder there is a lockdown of non-Jewish power sources. Also, please note, when Wasps conspire we do so for the pleasure of dominating the world and allowing you to work as an engine for the rest of us who don’t want to be workaholics. It is the true slave who works like a demon. It is the master who can take it easy without a care in the world. NEVER FORGET THAT!
Frankly, I think it is funny when Joel Stein says that Jews ran WASHINGTON. Other than attempting to drag us into the CONFLICT within the Middle East, and the main reason 9/11 happened was due to the connection America has with Israel (as clearly accurate as that reasoning is) the Bush Debacle at least didn’t confuse the issue with that of Isr-Pal issues. That was left as sub-text. Ari was a stooge of the RIGHT and was a puppet on a string.
Obama couldn’t care LESS about Isr-Pal issues nor about engaging further with Iran (other than via sanctions). Obama’s right hand man is Jewish, but obviously not persuasive enough to get him to give a damn about Israel.
These are just a few thoughts I have. I am happy you can buy whatever you like with your billions of dollars. But frankly, Bernie Madoff used the halo effect on his own peoples. Why? Because it exists to a ridiculous degree amongst Jews.
The truth is there are lots of hidden addictions, sexual and physical abuses, suicides and the like in your culture too. God knows I’d hate to have a real problem in your culture cause God knows I’d never want to admit it.
Also, Israel…well seriously, it is too bad that Jews have to actually defend a territory by force. It is. Now you know how every single other country on Earth feels when it settles on a property it owns only because it was ‘war won’.
Stop over and under estimating yourselves. You are hiding behind your past. Sooner or later the present will catch up to you. You can’t hide behind the Holocaust forever (or can you?)
One more thing. I wonder if, when push comes to shove Chimerica dissolves, which side will you be on? I wonder how many Internationalists love the idea of selling off the U.S. to China around here as long as they can find an equitable transaction cost to wet their beaks on the sell-off?
Hollywood is getting screwed by downloads. For once the general public each get to screw H.Wood. Bout time.
General comment time is over. Bye.



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TARA

posted July 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm


FUCK JEWS, JEWS ARE RACIST, CRIMINAL AND AGAINST PUBLIC. THEY HAVE NO CONSCIENCE OR FAIRNESS. EVERY SINGLE VERSE OF THEIR BOOKS TEACHES THEM TO BE MORE RACIST AND NARROW-MINDED AND PURSUADES THEM TO FURTHER HATE EVERYONE AROUND THE WORLD.

AS A JEWISH BORN, I HATE JUDAISM AND CHOSE TO NOT BE A JEW. I HATED THE LESSONS AND COMMENTS THAT I USED TO HEAR FROM MY PEOPLE; THEY MADE ME FEEL SICK.

JEWS ARE THIRSTY TO GAIN POWER AN CONTROL OVER EVERYTHING BY WHICH THEY MEAN TO HURT AND HARM OTHERS AND RUN SLAVERY.

JEWS ARE TAUGHT TO BE RACIST BY THEIR PARENTS AND THEY ARE TAUGHT TO HATE OTHERS, NO MATTER WHAT. JEWS FEED THEIR KIDS WITH LIES FROM DAY ONE BY WHICH KIDS ARE PROVOKED TO HATE EVERYONE AROUND THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE TAUGHT AND TOLD AND ALL PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE AGAINST JEWS, WHICH IS UNTRUE AND ABSURD.

IN FACT, BY READING HISTORY I FIGURED THAT MY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST ANY SOCIETY THEY LIVED IN, WHETHER RUSSIA, EUROPE, US OR ANY WHERE. THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AGAINST THE SOCIETY AND CREATED CONSPIRACIES AND FORMED MAFIAS JUST TO DESTROY EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF THEIR GREED AND NO FAITH.

I HATE JEWS AND I CHOSE NOT TO BE CONSIDERED A JEW AND I FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE TO HAVE BEEN BORN IN A JEWISH FAMILY, IT IS A SHAME.

TARA, THE NON-JEW



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