Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman was mocked after arguing that “Jewface” – non-Jewish actors playing Jewish characters in Hollywood – had become a problem in the US, with critics pointing out her history of wearing blackface.
During an episode of her self-titled podcast on Thursday, Silverman complained that there was a “long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews,” which she called “Jewface.” She cited recent examples including Kathryn Hahn playing the late television host and comedian Joan Rivers in ‘The Comeback Girl’, and Felicity Jones playing late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in ‘On the Basis of Sex’.
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“Right now, representation f**king matters,” she declared. “It has to also finally matter for Jews as well. Especially Jewish women.”Though Silverman made the comments on Thursday, they were picked up this week in several news reports, prompting a wave of ridicule and accusations of hypocrisy on social media.i wanna go to my family reunion and just say with no context “hollywood has a serious jewface problem” and see what kind of reactions i get https://t.co/aswyWlMd8C— 𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯: let there be carnage (@letterboxd69) October 4, 2021In what movie in the past 30 years does an actor have makeup and prosthetics to make them look Jewish???— Ron (@MyFaceIsTired_) October 4, 2021“This is either an absolutely insane take or just a very good joke,” one person opined, while Daily Wire Editor Ian Haworth tweeted, “Complaining that there aren’t enough prominent Jews in Hollywood is certainly a take.”Many social media users also took the opportunity to point out Silverman’s own history imitating African Americans in blackface during a 2007 satirical comedy sketch.The furious backlash to her own blackface incident, which included being fired from a movie role, prompted Silverman to rail against ‘cancel culture’, which she said had “invaded the left” in the US.Silveran, a progressive herself, complained that such a culture leads victims to “the dark side,” and in March she accused the Democratic Party of being “elitist” and “absolutist.”
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