Friday, December 19, 2008

What Would Mel Gibson Say to This?

Joel Stein is "one Jew who doesn't... disagree with the statement that 'Jews control Hollywood'" — How Jewish is Hollywood? The article begins with a poll finding that "[o]nly 22% of Americans now believe 'the movie and television industries are pretty much run by Jews,' down from nearly 50% in 1964."

It has been said the Jews have suffered from the tolerance they encountered in America, the least racist country in the world, in that they have been intermarrying to the point that their numbers are decreasing. The reverse seems at play here; America has been de-Christianized to the extent that a non-Christian minority in control of the country's media is no longer seen as controversial.

It has also been said that satire is the only medium in which serious ideas can be discussed in America these days, as evidenced by The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Mr. Stein uses the same device, but not to criticize, but to gloat. He begins with a partial list:
    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).
Later:
    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 was raised in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, and Davey and Goliath was the denomination's one contribution to American popular culture, and a proud one I might add.)

ADL Chairman Abe Foxman is still upset (surprise), though, because the poll "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.'" I agree with Mr. Foxman, who, Mr. Stein tells us, "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.'"

Conceding Mr. Foxman's point, a more accurate assessment might be that "the movie and television industries are pretty much run by" secularists "who happen to be Jewish," who "do not share the religious and moral values of most Americans," and who are "weaken[ing] the influence of religious values in this country."

(Anyone else remember all the pogroms that were supposed to happen after The Passion of the Christ (2004) was released?)

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