ADL OUTRAGED BY MARLON BRANDO'S REMARKS ON JEWS IN HOLLYWOOD
CALLS ON ACTOR TO REPUDIATE ANTI-SEMITIC CANARD AND APOLOGIZE
New York, NY, April 8, 1996...The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
called actor Marlon Brando's remarks about Jews in Hollywood "outrageous
Reacting to Marlon Brando's comments on "Larry King Live," on
Friday, April 5, that Jews run Hollywood and exploit stereotypes of minorities,
but never of Jews, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the
It was shocking to hear Marlon Brando, the acclaimed actor and champion
of civil rights, invoke the anti-Semitic canard that "Hollywood is
run by Jews, it is owned by Jews..." and blame Jews for exploiting
stereotypes of minorities, "but we never saw the kike because they
know perfectly well that's where you draw the wagons around."
Mr. Brando should know that what he said is utterly false, extremely offensive
and plays into the hands of anti-Semites and bigots. His comments raise
the centuries-old canard of Jewish control and conspiracy, and his use of
an anti-Semitic epithet is hurtful to Jews everywhere.
Hollywood studios are owned and movies are made by men and women, some of
whom are Jewish, many of whom are not. Those Jews who enter the movie industry
have done so as individuals, not as representatives of their religious group
or with an aim to act in some coordinated conspiratorial manner.
Mr. Brando owes an apology to the Jewish men and women who work in Hollywood
for vilifying them and to all Jews for his stereotyping and use of an anti-Semitic
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.