Actor Julianna Margulies claimed in a podcast interview that Black people had been “brainwashed to hate Jews,” despite the fact that Black people should be fully supportive of Israel in the conflict with Hamas.
Margulies’ comments were particularly hurtful to members of the Black and LGBTQ communities, who have long faced discrimination and marginalization. Her words suggested that these groups were incapable of independent thought and were instead being manipulated by others. This sentiment is deeply offensive and harmful, as it reinforces negative stereotypes and undermines the agency of marginalized groups.
She added, “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.”
In the aftermath of the controversy, Margulies issued an apology, stating that she was “horrified” by the fact that her words had offended the Black and LGBTQ communities. She acknowledged that her comments were “insensitive and hurtful” and pledged to learn more about the experiences of these groups.