'Jewface' Faces Backlash: 'What's Offensive Is the Idea That There's Such Thing as Jewish Character Traits'

Acclaimed Israeli filmmakers Joseph Cedar and Hagai Levi respond to the uproar over 'Jewface,' the term coined by comedian Sarah Silverman for non-Jewish actors being cast as Jewish characters

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Nirit Anderman
Nirit Anderman
Nirit Anderman
Nirit Anderman

In an era in which Hollywood obsesses on matters of representation and diversity, and insists on casting women, Blacks, Hispanics and Asians for every possible role, and is in general walking on eggshells in an attempt not to rub up against any minority – it’s not surprising that, of all people, it was a Jewish woman from Israel who managed to cause the latest commotion. Golda Meir most certainly would not have imagined that over 40 years after her death, her nose would manage to get Jews all riled up and induce filmmakers to quarrel so earnestly among themselves.

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