During a podcast interview about the war between Israel and Hamas, actress Julianna Margulies claimed that black people should fully support Israel, but that they have been “brainwashed to hate Jews.”
The claims that just went viral were aired on a Nov. 21 episode of “The Back Room With Andy Ostroy,” a podcast described as a humorous and honest take on politics and pop culture. The conversation focused on the war in the Gaza Strip, and Ostroy brought up “The United States and the Holocaust,” a 2022 documentary directed by Ken Burns.
Margulies, who is Jewish, jumped on it. “It should be mandatory, especially for the black community, if I may, because Hitler got his entire playbook from the Jim Crow South,” she said.
Margulies, star of CBS’s “The Good Wife” and Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” added: “The Nazis were watching how the Jim Crow South treated slaves and said, ‘Oh, great call, let’s make this manual .’ This is what we will do to the Jews. This is also why, in the civil rights movement, it was Jews who marched alongside black people to fight for their rights, because they know it. And now the black community doesn’t embrace us and say, “We stand with you as you stood with us”?
Margulies added that Jewish allies died for the cause of civil rights. But decades later, as the war between Israel and Hamas has intensified, Democratic voters, and particularly black voters, have expressed less outspoken support for Israelis over Palestinians.
“Where’s the history lesson in that?” Who teaches these children? she asked. “Because the fact that the entire black community is not on our side means to me either they just don’t know or they have been brainwashed to hate Jews. But when you’ve been so marginalized as a community, as I feel, isn’t that where you act?
She added that “this country would be in turmoil” if the bus drivers had pulled out, blocking about 900 members of a Detroit-area Jewish group who were trying to participate in a march for Israel in Washington, D.C. last month. “But because it happened to Jews, for whatever reason, it’s laughable,” she said.
Margulies also mentioned a flyer for a screening of black lesbian films on the Columbia University campus in October. A message shared with the flyer online read: “Zionists are not invited. » While doubling down on her message, the event organizer told the New York Post that this did not mean that all Jews were not invited.
“And as a lesbian reporter on ‘The Morning Show,’ I’m more offended by it as a lesbian than as a Jew, to be honest with you,” she said. “Because I want to tell them, ‘You guys are fucking idiots.’ You don’t exist. For example, you are still inferior to the Jews. A, you’re black, and B, you’re gay and you turn your back on the people who support you? Because Jews gather around everyone.
Margulies did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News but she released a statement apologizing for her comments.
“I am horrified that statements I made in a recent podcast offended the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, communities that I truly love and respect,” Margulies told Deadline on Friday. “I want to be 100% clear: racism, homophobia, sexism, or any bias against anyone’s personal beliefs or identity is abhorrent to me, period. Throughout my career, I have worked tirelessly to combat hatred in all its forms, end anti-Semitism, denounce terrorist groups like Hamas, and forge a united front against discrimination. I did not intend my words to sow further division, for which I sincerely apologize.
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