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Brando Criticized for Saying Jews ‘Own’ Hollywood

April 9, 1996 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jewish leaders are condemning Marlon Brando for saying in a CNN interview that Hollywood is owned and run by Jews.

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, said Monday that Brando’s comments were ``utterly false″ and urged him to apologize.

``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,″ Foxman added.

In an appearance Friday on CNN’s ``Larry King Live,″ the Oscar-winning star of ``The Godfather″ said, ``Hollywood is run by Jews.″


``It is owned by Jews and they should have a greater sensitivity about the issue of people who are suffering,″ Brando said.

He enumerated negative stereotypes that he said have been depicted in the movies.

``We’ve seen the nigger, and the greaseball. We’ve seen the chink. We’ve seen the slit-eyed dangerous Jap. We have seen the wily Filipino. We’ve seen everything,″ Brando said. ``But we never saw the kike because they knew perfectly well that that’s where you draw the wagons around.″

Brando, 72, who has been active in the civil rights movement, denied during the program that his comments were anti-Semitic.

``I will be the first one who will praise the Jews honestly and say, `Thank God for the Jews,‴ he said. ``The Jews are amazing people.″

The militant Jewish Defense League said it will stage protests at Brando’s next movie. On Sunday, someone stuck a paste-on swastika on the actor’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

``Shame on you and shame on the next Jew responsible for giving you a job,″ Irv Rubin, chairman of the JDL, said in a statement. ``We’re going to make the rest of your life a living hell.″