David Schwimmer, Sarah Silverman Say Anti-Semitism Is Not Considered Jewish.

By | November 19, 2022

“Jews Don’t Count,” a new documentary from British writer and comedian David Badiel set to air next week on UK broadcaster Channel 4, shows the persistent perception that Jews don’t, especially in progressive circles. entitled to the same protection and support as other minority communities. That sentiment is based on the anti-Semitic belief that all Jews are rich, successful, and “superior” to industries like Hollywood.

A series of Jewish celebrities like David Schwimmer, Sarah Silverman, Stephen Fry and Jonathan Safran Foer who appear in it to talk about their experiences with anti-Semitism is symbolic of the catch-22 at the heart of the film. More convinced anti-Semites that the documentary’s premise is baseless.

Comedian and writer Badiel acknowledged that problem at a press screening in London on Wednesday. “I want [the documentary] He explained that it should not be seen only by Jews. “One of the easiest ways to do that is, hopefully, to get big names. It’s a practical decision.”

Despite the star-studded guest list, when Difference Asked if there were Jewish celebrities who refused to appear in the film, Badiel replied, “Very many.” He did not reveal their names out of respect for their privacy, but said the list includes “some prominent Jews who don’t want to openly show their Jewishness and don’t want to talk about it.”

“This” is an uncomfortable but important discussion of how anti-Semitism is viewed today. On the right, it has remained largely unchanged since the days of the Nazi Party in Europe and the Ku Klux Klan in the US, but in recent years anti-Semitism has surprised many (not least the Jews themselves). It is here that leaving, as Badiel shows in his documentary, takes on a more insidious form, first of all by masking itself, while not being overtly discriminatory, to exclude Jews from the space it claims to be exclusive to, and secondly when it refuses to participate. Jews are treated in ways that provoke outrage on behalf of other groups (eg inaccurate casting).

“Especially in the last 20 years, with social media and everything else, I think there’s been an incredible focus on trying to right a wrong, and a lot of it has been good,” Badiel said during a Q&A. But some were effective. And I think in the performance space, [in which] People [are] The Jews have no money for them when they try to make it clear that they are partners in a way that benefits their own feelings rather than a true partnership.

The documentary is based on Badiel’s non-fiction book of the same name, but the two are separate projects. “The book is a very personal work,” he explained during the Q&A. “I am the one who is talking about my own experience of this particular event. [In the documentary] I can go and talk to other Jews, and they can tell me whether or not they have experienced the same thing. This is something, says Sarah Silverman, that many Jews have felt for a long time, but perhaps never expressed before.

“And I guess the other thing the book can’t do is make you feel like the Colleyville incident.” The young Englishman held a Texas synagogue at gunpoint. Believing in Jewish power and influence, an unaffiliated (and confused) rabbi in New York randomly selected a synagogue to order the release of a prisoner and alleged al Qaeda member from Fort Worth.

David Badiel and Sarah Silverman in “Jews Don’t Count.”
Courtesy of Channel 4

Rabbi Angela Buchdahl also appeared in “Jews Don’t Count.” “The way we did it, you can feel what that’s like. [her] “It’s ironic that she suddenly has the lives of four people in her hands when she’s taken by the Jewish powers that be,” Badiel said.

It also shows how Jewish schools in the UK engage in active shooter drills, a practice unprecedented in Britain, linking it to anti-Semitism across the political divide.

Despite its sensitive subject matter, viewers may be surprised to learn that “Jews Don’t Count” also has plenty of laughs (at one point Silverman says, “I love money!” before admitting that this documentary might not be the best place to say it. Out loud). “It’s part and parcel of Jewish culture when you talk about trouble and awful things, talk about trouble and make fun of it,” Badiel said.

The documentary sees Badiel, who rose to fame as a comedian, fight anti-Semitism in the industry. The film examines the British fashion show “Bo’ Selecta!” in the early 2000s, which saw comedian Leigh Francis as black (and Jewish) musician Craig David Francis donning blackface for several public figures. Francis depicted Badiel with a crooked nose, long curly side locks (which Badiel never wore), and a thick accent. Badiel’s friend apparently found it so shocking that he suggested it was a hate crime.

In the year In 2020, he released a video apologizing for featuring black celebrities including Francis David and Michael Jackson. But Badiel did not receive forgiveness from Francis. “I don’t like to call other comedians. We’re comedians and it’s weird to do that. But in this case, as far as I know, no one has drawn attention, so it’s a clear example of his selective anger. [lack of apology]Badiel said during the question and answer session. Francis also stated that they rejected the offer to appear in “Jews Don’t Count.”

During the Q&A, Badiel discussed Kanye West’s Dave Chappelle SNL monologue from a few days ago. Badiel added: “I love Dave Chappelle, he’s a great comedian, but his SNL monologue is ‘weird.’ “Dave Chappelle basically said, ‘Look, Kanye is right. We can’t say it out loud, but Kanye was right, because look what happened to him,'” Badiel said, referring to several brands that cut ties with West following public anti-Semitic comments, including threats to “go away.” Death con 3 on the Jewish people [sic]He said.

“Likewise, there are consequences. [in the case of] All other minorities, when people say racist or discriminatory things,” Badiel said. But these consequences for the Jews seem to indicate the power of the Jews.

One of the most powerful moments in “Jews Don’t Count” is when Badiel tackles the racism of his own black British soccer player, Jason Lee, on the 90s BBC draft show “Fantasy Football League.” In the show, Badiel appeared in blackface as Lee with a pineapple on his head, while co-host Frank Skinner played Lee’s manager.

Badiel has publicly apologized for the picture several times, but has never met Lin in person. In the documentary, he appeared as a guest on Lee’s podcast, “AbsoluteLee,” during which he again apologized. The two then discuss racism and anti-Semitism. During the Q&A, Badiel said he apologized to Lee again before leaving the podcast studio, although it was not on the record. “I went up to him again and said, ‘I’m sorry, again.’ And he just said it’s done now. And hold my hand. Badiel said the experience was difficult, but he is grateful. “I’m so glad I did it.”

Finally, “Jews Don’t Count” ends on a hopeful note. “I think the dial is changing, I would say at the end of the movie,” Badiel said. “I think things have definitely improved since I wrote the book. We hope the film will make people think.

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