|Debunking the Lie
In an essay headed "Who Says Jews Control Hollywood?" published in the February/March 1995
issue of Midstream magazine, Steven G. Kellman, a professor at the University of
Texas in San Antonio, wrote: "Boosters and antisemites agree: Jews have been prominent and
predominant in all phases of the [motion picture] business: production, distribution and
exhibition." He noted that, at the time, "Of the 100 most powerful people in the industry
according to a recent survey by Premiere, most, including the top 12, are Jewish,"
but observed, "Though individual Jews control Hollywood, Jewishness does not." In fact,
Hollywood studios are publicly owned corporations and motion pictures are made by the
efforts of individual men and women, some of whom are Jewish, many of whom are not.
While statistics and studies on the subject are not readily available, the
Anti-Defamation League believes that the recitation of numbers and percentages is not the
answer to the false charges of Jewish "control" of the motion picture industry, or, indeed,
of similar accusations involving the media, banking, finance and other businesses.
Reliance on statistics alone plays into the hands of anti-Semites. Generally, Jews involve
themselves in non-religious and non-political activity as individuals, not as Jews.
ADL takes the position that the number of Jews involved in a particular field bears no
relationship to "Jewish power" or "Jewish control" of that industry. ADL does not accept
the notion that Jews in any field act in concert with other Jews similarly situated simply
because they happen to be Jewish. To believe otherwise is to accept a conspiracy theory
that is the anti-Semites' stock-in-trade and relegates Jews to a kind of second-class
In other words, American Jews have as much right as any other citizens of the United States
to work in the motion picture business, in the entertainment industry, and in any other
legitimate businesses. Moreover, it bears repeating that those Jews who involve themselves
in the motion picture industry do so as individuals, not as representatives of their
religious group or with an aim to act in some coordinated conspiratorial manner.