First of all, isn’t that anti-Semitic to say anything about Jews in Hollywood? Isn’t that an unfair stereotype? The only politically correct thing to say is that there are no Jewish people in the entertainment industry. Or just don’t say anything about it at all. But I guess if you’re the Vice President with a foot in your mouth, anything goes.
But I don’t understand why it’s racist to bring up Jews in the context of the law profession, entertainment industry, banking, or politics. Christians talk about other Christians in various sectors of society, and we’re proud of it. Why do Jewish people shy away from any recognition of their many influences on American culture? I’d think it would make them proud.
Biden spoke for about 20 minutes at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception hosted by the Democratic National Committee in D.C. He praised them for their many contributions to society:
“‘You make up 11 percent of the seats in the United States Congress. You make up one-third of all Nobel laureates,’ he said. ‘So many notions that are embraced by this nation that particularly emanate from over 5,000 years of Jewish history, tradition and culture: independence, individualism, fairness, decency, justice, charity. These are all as you say, as I learned early on as a Catholic being educated by my friends, this tzedakah. The embrace of immigration is part of that, as is the involvement of Jews in social justice movements. You can’t talk about the civil rights movement in this country without talking about Jewish freedom riders and Jack Greenberg,’ he said, telling a story about seeing a group of Jewish activists at a segregated movie theater in Delaware. ‘You can’t talk about the women’s movement without talking about Betty Friedan or American advances in science and technology without mentioning Einstein and Carl Sagan, or music and Gershwin, Bob Dylan and so, so, so many other people.’”
He then brought up the issue of gay marriage and thanked the Jewish leaders in Hollywood for shows like “Will and Grace” that have helped shift America’s thinking toward homosexuals. “Think behind of all that,” Biden said. “I bet you 85 percent of those changes, whether it’s in Hollywood or social media are a consequence of Jewish leaders in the industry. The influence is immense, the influence is immense. And, I might add, it is all to the good.”
I wonder if they took that as a compliment. “Thank you, Jews, for convincing Americans that perverted sexual behavior is perfectly acceptable and commendable.”
Now, I understand that people will believe what they want to believe, and it’s not the TV’s fault. (And it’s not the Jews’ fault either.) But Biden is on to something. Media do have an immense influence over people’s opinions. People don’t have the discernment like they used to, and they are easily swayed by dramatic productions that contain deviant characters who demand sympathy from the viewer because of their “victimized” status in the show. People fall for it. It works.
I think Biden is right. The shift in people’s thinking about homosexuality didn’t come about from legislation. It came about because people watch too much TV.