How Jewish Is Hollywood?

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Is that a rhetorical question? Landsman Joel Stein dares to ask this “anti-Semitic” question in his article in the LA Times:

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…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.

I’m shepping such nachas that a fellow Jew has finally stated in the mainstream media what EVERY Jew and Gentile in the world has known for the last 90 years.

Mazel Tov!

(I highly recommend Jewish author Neal Gabler’s book An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood.)

4:17 pm on August 28, 2009