“The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies walked back comments she recently made about black people being “brainwashed to hate Jews.”
Marguiles went after black people and the LGBTQ community for siding with Hamas terrorists and “spewing” antisemitism.
She made the remarks during the Nov. 21 episode of the The Back Room with Andy Ostroy podcast while talking to the titular host about the Israel-Hamas war.
When Ostroy spoke about Ken Burns 2022 documentary, “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” Margulies, who is Jewish praised the film.
*Julianna Margulies* is being pilloried for speaking truth: that Jews have supported every single civil rights cause every time; and now that antisemitism is rising, the beneficiaries of those causes are ignoring or turning against the Jews.pic.twitter.com/ZudwUKwUdS
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“It should be mandatory watching, especially for the Black community, if I may, because Hitler got his entire playbook from the Jim Crow South,” she stated.
“The Nazis were watching how the Jim Crow South were treating slaves and said, ‘Oh, great call, let’s do that playbook. That’s what we’ll do to the Jews,’” the actress continued.
She said that’s why the Jews “walked side by side” with black people during the Civil Rights Movement, “because they know” about their struggles.
“And now the Black community isn’t embracing us and saying, ‘We stand with you the way you stood with us’?” She questioned.
“The Morning Show” star wondered who was in charge of educating the American youth, because they’re missing “the history lesson.”
“The fact that the entire Black community isn’t standing with us, to me, says either they just don’t know, or they’ve been brainwashed to hate Jews,” she added.
“But when you’ve been marginalized so much as a community, the way I feel we have, isn’t that when you step up?”
Margulies pointed out her efforts to support the Black and LGBTQ communities, and indicated her distaste that it hasn’t been reciprocated for her own.
“I’m the first person to march [for] Black Lives Matter. When that happened to George Floyd, I put a black screen on my Instagram, like I ran to support my Black brothers and sisters,” she told Ostroy.
The “ER” star also called out the LGBTQ community for their antisemitic actions.
“When LGBTQ people are being attacked, I run. I made a commercial for same-sex marriages with my husband in 2012,” she noted.
“Like, I am the first person to jump up when something is wrong, as I think most Jews are, because we have been persecuted from the beginning of time, not just World War II, but literally from the beginning of time when we first lived in Israel way before anybody else.”
She blamed Chinese social media app TikTok for negatively influencing America’s youth.
“I guess what’s happening to the crazy people out there who are getting their news from TikTok, which in my estimation — after this whole Osama bin Laden letter — should be banned. TikTok should be banned.“
Margulies explained the reality of how black and LGBTQ people would be treated by Hamas if they traveled to the Gaza Strip.
“It’s those kids who are spewing anti-Semitic hate that have no idea if they stepped foot in an Islamic country, these people who want us to call them ‘they/them’ or whatever they want us to call them, which I have respectfully really made a point of doing,” she argued.
“Like be whoever you want to be. It’s those people that will be the first people beheaded, and their heads played with as a soccer ball, like a soccer ball on the field,” the actress said while illustrating a grim picture.
She said they were supporting terrorists that don’t care about women’s rights and and will readily execute any LGBTQ person on sight.
Marguiles pointed out that their hypocrisy would be “laughable if it wasn’t so sad.”
She also shouted out a black lesbian club at Columbia University that banned “Zionists” from attending a film screening on campus.
“As someone who plays a lesbian journalist on ‘The Morning Show,’ I’m more offended by it as a lesbian than I am as a Jew, to be honest with you, because I want to say to them, ‘You f***ing idiots,’” Margulies commented.
Julianna Margulies apologizes for her comments accusing Black and queer people of being antisemitic for their support of Palestine:
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“‘You don’t exist. Like you’re even lower than the Jews. A, you’re black and B, you’re gay!” She added.
“And you’re turning your back against the people who support you? Because Jews, they rally around everybody.”
After going viral for for her very pointed commentary, Margulies issued an apology, instead of standing by her remarks.
“I am horrified by the fact that statements I made on a recent podcast offended the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, communities I truly love and respect,” she told Deadline on Friday.
“I want to be 100% clear: Racism, homophobia, sexism, or any prejudice against anyone’s personal beliefs or identity are abhorrent to me, full stop.”
“Throughout my career I have worked tirelessly to combat hate of all kind, end antisemitism, speak out against terrorist groups like Hamas, and forge a united front against discrimination,” Margulies concluded.
“I did not intend for my words to sow further division, for which I am sincerely apologetic.”