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Sarah Silverman Referring to Hollywood’s tendency to cast non-Jewish actors as “Jewish” to play Jewish characters.

The comedian, 50, pointed to Katherine Hahn as the most recent example, when the 48-year-old Catholic-born actress was tapped to portray the late Joan Rivers, who was Jewish, in upcoming limited series.


“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. Thursday’s episode of a podcast named after him, adding, “one may argue, for example, that a Gentile [a non-Jew] Playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what’s actually called ‘Jewface’.”

She continued, “It is defined 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. And at a time when the importance of representation is seen as so essential and so front and center, why is our broad swath constantly being breached today?

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The “School of Rock” actress pointed to common anti-Semitic tropes that are often thrown around, like “Jews run Hollywood,” “Jews are rich” and “Jews are powerful,” about which He said, “Represents people in a very accurate way. Jews.”

“I wish they realized it was by design,” she said.

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Silverman expressed her belief that if there is a female Jewish character who “deserves courage or love, she is never played by a Jew.”

She then listed other examples, noting that Felicity Jones played Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rachel Brosnahan as the fictional Jewish character Miriam Maisel, Margo Martindale portrayed Bella Abzug, and Tracy Ullman as Betty Friedan. played.

While Silverman said she feels “none of the actresses she named are doing anything wrong,” she added that the subject is “f-ked up.” She said she understands identity politics is “annoying” and “acting is acting,” but then doubled down on saying, “Right now, representation f—king matters.”

“It ultimately matters to the Jews as well,” she said. “Especially Jewish women.”