Sarah Silverman calls out Hollywood’s “Jewface” problem

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The comment comes after Katherine Hahn was recently cast in the Joan Rivers biopic

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Sarah Silverman has spoken out against an issue referred to in Hollywood as “Jewish”.

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Comedian solved the problem on him self-titled podcast It was announced after WandaVision actor Katherine Hahn was cast as Joan Rivers in the upcoming biopic.

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“There’s this long tradition of Gentiles playing the role of Jews, and playing not just people who happen to be Jews, but people whose Jewishness is their whole being,” Silverman said.


“For example, one might argue that a Gentile [a non-Jew] Playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what’s actually called ‘Jewface’.

Silverman defined “Jewish” as “when a Gentile portrays a Jew front and center, often with changing makeup or features, large fake noses, all New York-y or Yiddish-y inflection.” “

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He continued: “At a time when the importance of representation is seen as so essential and so front and center, why does our part continue to break even today?”

Other examples of the problem that Silverman cited include Felicity Jones playing Ruth Bader Ginsburg. based on sex and Rachel Brosnahan Amazon’s . playing the lead role in Wonderful Mrs Maisel.

While Silverman did not believe that the women playing these roles were “doing anything wrong”, the broader issue pursued by Hollywood needed to stop.


“Right now, representation fucking matters,” she said. “It ultimately matters to Jews as well. Jewish women in particular.”

Silverman will next appear on screen alongside Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson in the romantic comedy marry me.

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