Skip to comments.Why Hollywood hates Israel
Posted on 02/06/2019 5:10:56 AM PST by SJackson
Ive been on a tour of Israel for the past week with Roseanne Barr doing public speeches and media appearances.
I was being interviewed live on Israels most-watched evening newscast about my trip to Israel with Roseanne Barr when the female anchor asked me about our ongoing efforts to bring people of influence to Israel. I responded that, indeed, while we bring many celebrities to Israel, we also hold celebrities who attack Israel accountable. One of the examples I gave was Natalie Portman, who was born in Jerusalem, was protected by the IDF, but chose to boycott Israel and later compare the Holocaust to the regular slaughter of livestock, which is both disgusting and incredibly stupid.
ADVERTISING I was not ready for the reaction. The anchor mounted a determined defense of Portman, despite her public condemnation of Israel trying to protect itself against the Hamas terrorists of Gaza. I responded and a spirited defense ensued.
I understood why.
Israel is desperate for celebrities especially homegrown who can lend the country legitimacy. And if it means embracing even those Israelis who unfairly condemn the country, so be it.
Its a dilemma that has to be confronted. Why is that Hollywood is populated by so many Jewish actors, directors and studio heads who are utterly silent on defending Israel?
Ive been on a tour of Israel for the past week with Roseanne Barr doing public speeches and media appearances. The trip was designed to coincide with our son Dovid Chaims bar mitzvah and its been nice on this occasion to mix family, business and pleasure.
Its been interesting to say the least.
Last May, Roseanne lost her TV show on ABC after her now infamous tweet about Valerie Jarrett. The Nielsen ratings published in December confirmed that Roseannes show was the #1-rated program in America in 2018, and still she lost her show after the tweet. This despite the fact that she offered a lengthy and tear-filled explanation and apology on my podcast in the aftermath.
Yet in Israel, the crowds for our joint speeches have been huge and enthusiastic. People are cheering Roseanne all over the country and the media interest and coverage have been overwhelming. We can barely walk into the halls where we are speaking and swarmed by fans afterward can barely leave.
I attribute this to two factors. The first is that Israeli society is more forgiving than American society. People screw up. They say things that they later regret. They should be allowed to take responsibility for their words, correct them, repent and move on.
This is especially true and here I cite the second issue if they are seen as having put themselves on the line for Israel.
Yes, Roseanne is a controversial figure. She is a comic, after all, and all great comics indeed, all great artists are controversial. But Roseanne has consistently stood up for Israel when almost no one else in Hollywood has, and the people in Israel know this and are showing their love.
Which begs the question, why are Jews in Hollywood so silent when it comes to Israel? Worse, theyre usually critical of the Jewish state.
I dont need to use the extreme example of Natalie Portman to make my point. The silence on Israel of most of Hollywoods Jewish community is positively deafening. Even people like Steven Spielberg who are excellent beyond excellent on the Holocaust are apparently silent when it comes to speaking up for Israel.
The only two celebrities in Hollywood whom I know to be stalwart defenders of Israel at great personal expense is Roseanne Barr and Jon Voight, whom I have known for nearly three decades. And Voight isnt even Jewish!
What accounts for Jewish recalcitrance to speak up for the Jewish State? I believe its three things.
The first is the culture of conformity in Hollywood. Think about it. In Hollywood, everyone tries to look alike and think alike. Take an actor who will get up at the Academy Awards and call President Donald Trump a jerk. Everyone will clap. Everyone.
Now, surely there is one person there out of a thousand who supported Trump, no? But they would never admit it. The same is true of anything else that is controversial, like Israel.
Israel is controversial because the world is not used to, nor comfortable with, seeing Jews fight back. The world has shown a serious dislike of Jews in a military defensive posture. Apparently, the people of the book are expected to die holding the book. Indeed, the world is mystified that Jews are currently fighting back so ferociously to protect their lives and their land. Whether its pushing legislation in the US to boycott supporters of BDS, or watching the IDF now attack Iranian bases in Syria, Israel and the Jews are tired of being targets.
Hollywood loves making films about Jews as disempowered victims. But willful Jews who resist, unless theyre in the Warsaw Ghetto, died in Hollywood depictions long ago, along with Paul Newman in Exodus.
The second factor is that Hollywood loves consensus and shuns controversy. A politician can win an election with 51% of the vote. But an actor or actress feels that they need 85% approval rating in order to win at the box office. The last thing they want to do is lose audience numbers by putting their neck on the line for the Jewish state.
The third reason is that Hollywood suffers from a severe case of underdogma. Hollywood loves the underdog, the weak victim who is persecuted. Amazingly, Hollywood has decided that the 400 million oil-rich Arabs who surround the miniscule Jewish homeland are the underdogs to Israel, the superpower. Now normally this could be seen as a compliment. Wow, the Jews finally have power. But Hollywood depicts Israel as abusing its power.
Of course, Hamas is not an innocent victim, but a vile and genocidal group of terrorists who persecute the Palestinians under their authoritarian rule even more than they menace Israel. Hezbollah is nothing but an Iranian proxy army and to believe that Iran with its nuclear ambitions and vast oil reserves is anyones victim is just silly. As for the Palestinians, they are brutalized by their dictator Mahmoud Abbas who is now 10 years past the date he was supposed to face an election and has made his sons oligarchs of Palestinian wealth.
Which leads to the following conclusion. Israelis appreciate people like Roseanne Barr because they are amazed that they actually exist. That the occasional Hollywood celebrity who will speak up for Israel regardless of the consequences actually exists.
Thousands of stories have now been written about my trip to Israel with Roseanne. A huge number have appeared in the Israeli press.
Which just proves the point. That even if you make a mistake, as long as you sincerely apologize and repent, and as long as you fight for a great cause, good people will support you and salute you.
Israel has freedom. Democrat scum despise freedom.
It's the politically correct thing these days, at least on the left
Israel was very popular with the Left for a significant time.
Israel was founded as a Socialist state.
Israel found it could not survive as a Socialist state, so it moderated toward capitalism.
It has many Socialist institutions.
Hollywood is a community based on stupidity, arrogance, and demonic capitulation.
Natalie Portman is an ass. It is sacrilegious to say that she is not a good actress, and she is a horrible dancer. Two left feet. I don
T know how her ballerina husband can tolerate her.
Hollywood is part of the American left.
imho the Hollywood is not too favorable to Israel for the same reason the left in general is not too favorable to Russia.
Russia has turned away from atheism. which is a no no to the left.
Israel of course never turned to atheism.
there are real world consequences to the left’s actions. In the last two months a number of liberal states have pushed late term abortions to birth. In effect, they have embraced infanticide.
Basically the left is moving pell mell from the judeo christian tradition to the caananite tradition.
“It’s the politically correct thing these days, at least on the left”
How else can an up and coming artist show that he’s a cutting-edge, daring maverick, who defies convention?
But willful Jews who resist, unless theyre in the Warsaw Ghetto, died in Hollywood depictions long ago, along with Paul Newman in Exodus.
Daniel Craig did an excellent movie called Defiance in 2008. It got nominated for a couple of Oscars.
“Jon Voight, ... And Voight isnt even Jewish.”
When he was on Levin’s TV show he explained why he loves Israel so much, and a large part of it was how they treated his father. It was a very tougching segment.
I think it’s a bit ironic. Weren’t Jews the major players when Hollywood got its start? I’m not sure, but it seems Hollywood exists because of them.
Agreed! Hollywood is a significant funder for Democrats who has shown significant support for Israel’s enemies . According to Biblical scripture, Satan has been determined to destroy Jews ever since God announced that they were his chosen people. He obviously has used people in the past who have been influenced by him such as, King Herod, Hitler and several others and continues to use people today. Hollywood has shown a similar style of hate and would probably exercise similar acts as the Jew killers of the past if they thought that they could pull it off. The folks who have read the final chapter of the Book know how it all ends and it does not end well for those who choose poorly. In fact the one they follow is already the ultimate loser.
Exactly! The author completely misses the mark on this piece. Hollywood has no problem with Jews fighting back as long as its against the perceived white Christian power base. The also have not a care for alienating the audience because the wide swath of unwashed masses must be converted.
David Horowitz states it succinctly. The issue is never the issue. The revolution is always the issue. Israel is seen as an icon of Western culture and Judeo-Christian values, and therefore must be destroyed.
Liberals see the problems in the middle east as a result of the formation of Israel and the ensuing US dominance in the region. They see the cure as the rise of a regional islamic power, like Iran, to counterbalance US hegemony and the destruction of the Jewish state.
Hollywood hates the Jewish people ecause of the 10 Commandants (not the movie).
Israel deserves to be supported by America because:
-Israel is the only country in the region that is fit for a rational civilized individual to live in
-it shares the fundamental values of Western civilization including God-given natural rights and freedom
-it supports America and votes the same way that America does more than any other country.
-It is a modern productive nation of economic progress that creates many products that America values
-it does not hate America and does not wish to destroy it or turn it into a mohammedan or mexican hellhole.
-it does not wish to kill Americans
-it is not a terrorist nation
I support Israel and all other Ethno States.
“Hollywood is part of the American left.”
Hollywood is the heart of the American left.
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