Jewish actress Julianna Margulies has been one of the staunchest Hollywood supporters of Israel in her fight against Hamas. And on a recent podcast, she told it like it is when it comes to the hypocrisy of the Woke left.
On the podcast, Margulies and Ostory — known for his HBO documentary on his late wife Waitress director Adrienne Shelly — got into the topic of antisemitism, with Margulies saying former President Donald Trump “legitimized” its rise when he praised neo-Nazi protestors after the 2017 riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.
From there, the The Morning Show actress spoke about what she perceived as a lack of support for Israel after its citizens were attacked by Hamas on Oct. 7, comparing it to responses she says she and other Jewish people have offered the Black and LGBTQ+ communities during previous injustices.
“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,” Margulies continued. “When LGBTQ people are being attacked, I run. I made a commercial for same-sex marriages with my husband in 2012. 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.”
After Ostory said, “You’re 100 percent right. If we use the wrong pronouns on college campuses, there’d be an uproar,” Margulies went on to criticize progressive young people whom she feels have supported those attacking Jews.
“It’s those kids who are spewing this antisemitic 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 … like, be whoever you want to be — it’s those people that will be the first people beheaded and their heads played [like] a soccer ball on the field,” she said. “And that’s who they’re supporting? Terrorists who don’t want women to have their rights? LGBTQ people get executed, bar none. And this is who you’re supporting? It is so insane to me that is it laughable if it wasn’t so sad.”
“It’s unfathomable,” Margulies said. “And where are the professors, calling all of these students into the auditorium and saying, ‘Hold on a minute. Guys, do you understand what a terrorist organization is about? Learn what you’re supporting.”
She also made an apparent reference to a New York Post story about the LionLez group — Columbia university’s self-described “radical POC-run club for Queer women and nonbinary people” — disinviting “Zionists” from a film night they were holding.
“You know, there was a film being shown by this Black lesbian club on the Columbia campus and they put up signs that said, ‘no Jews allowed,’ ” Margulies claimed. “And as someone who plays a lesbian journalist on The Morning Show, I am more offended by it as a lesbian than I am as a Jew, to be honest with you.”
“I want say to them, ‘You f—ing idiots,” she continued. “You don’t exist. You’re even lower than the Jews. A. You’re Black, and B. You’re gay. And you’re turning your back against the people who support you?’ Because Jews, they rally around everybody. It is a lonely place to be.”
Margulies spoke about what she felt was the lack of support for Jews from the Black community.
She stated, “In the civil rights movement, the Jews were the ones that walked side by side with the Blacks — to fight for their rights, because they know. And now the Black community isn’t embracing us and saying, ‘We stand with you the way you stood with us?’ Jews died for their cause! Where’s the history lesson in that? Who is teaching these kids?”
“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 said.
She is, of course, almost spot on. Which means one thing – she got attacked for it.
On Thursday, Washington Post journalist Karen Attiah called out the actress’ comments, saying on X (formerly known as Twitter), “Wish I could say that Julianna Margulies’ racist rant against Black people is an outlier. But as I’ve said before, I’ve heard this same sentiment from supposedly liberal circles.”
“Solidarity w/ Black people is transactional. We are supposed to be grateful charity recipients,” Attiah continued.
And the winner for misuse of the word “racist” goes to….
I mean, seriously? I understand why this so-called journalist would be offended, given her Twitter timeline is full of anti-Israel garbage, and her first tweet about Israel after the Oct 7 atrocities was this:
And Associated Press buildings…https://t.co/swprzGRFJA— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) October 7, 2023
but it is not racist to point out that many progressive Jews feel betrayed by how members of the Black community (and other communities), with whom they marched for social justice, seem to have abandoned them. We are speaking about simply condemning Hamas atrocities against us, not necessarily full-blown support of Israel. The fact they could not do this (and some, like the BLM chapter of Chicago, even celebrated the attacks with a graphic of a paraglider on social media) – should be called out.
I am just sorry Julianna was made to apologize:
Julianna Margulies is speaking out after facing backlash for criticizing the Black and LGBTQ+ communities over their perceived lack of support for Israel amid its ongoing war against Hamas.
“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,” Margulies told PEOPLE in a statement. “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,” she continued. “I did not intend for my words to sow further division, for which I am sincerely apologetic.”
Julianna, thanks for speaking out and sorry you were made to/felt the need to apologize.