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Why is the majority of film industry ran by the Jews?

Asked by dopeguru (1377points) January 16th, 2018

Most of the producers, writers, business owners, directors, etc. are jewish. Why is this?

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basstrom188's avatar

Admittedly there are a lot but are they in the majority? Do you have actual evidence?

Dibowac78NN's avatar

Um i think its just a very big coincidence, if that is true, but if it is true, you might wanna have a look at history.

LostInParadise's avatar

I did a Web search on this and found this response on Quora. Seems fairly reasonable. It says that originally Jews were kept out of a lot of industries. Film making was new and it was one of the few places where talented Jewish people could find work. Jews dominated the early years of the film industry but now, although disproportionately represented, they are by no means in the majority.

elbanditoroso's avatar

There’s a long history to this, going back to Eastern Europe and the historical role of Jews in European society.

Keep in mind that in Europe, because of the endemic anti-semitism as far back as the 1800s and before, there were many jobs that Jews were simply prohibited from taking. So Jews, in general, had to find jobs in industries and shops that were legally permitted to them. One of those job areas was (broadly defined) drama and theater.

Yiddish theater was thriving all over Eastern Europe – Poland and Lithuania, and to a lesser degree Germany, had strong Yiddish cultural institutions, including drama, theater, comedians, books, and so on. And, of course, there evolved famous Yiddish/Jewish actors and directors and so on.

Two major political things happened: Jews got thrown out of Russia in the 1890s-1920s, which was all part of one of the major immigration waves. (Irish, Jews, lots of ethnic groups left Europe at that point. And of course in the 1939–1945 time frame World War II and the Holocaust created a second wave of Jewish immigration.

Many people emigrated with nothing but the clothes on their back – they didn’t have riches or factories. But they did have their Yiddish / Jewish culture, which they rapidly reinstated in the Lower East Side of NYC and eventually Hollywood. That, in, turn gave rise to movie studios owned and run by Jews, and other entertainment venues and opportunities.

So in a weird and twisted sort of way, the east-european antisemitism of the 1800s is largely responsible for the role of Jews in TV and Movies today.

gorillapaws's avatar

The framing of this question makes a false assumption: that “the Jews” act as some kind of single cohesive group in charge of the film industry. It would be like asking why the gun industry is run by “the Christians” just because many gun manufacturer executives happen to be Christian (I honestly have no idea if that’s true—it’s just a hypothetical example).

A better way to ask this would be: “Is there a historical reason that a disproportionately high percentage of Jewish people are in show business?” (I have no idea if this is the case by the way).

Unofficial_Member's avatar

Oh please, Jews aren’t everywhere on earth. There are many countries that have their own local producers, writers, etc that aren’t Jews.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Do they run Bollywood too? The Indian film industry.

NomoreY_A's avatar

What does religion have do with it? I mean really who gives a shit? Would it make a difference if the film industry contained a lot of Catholics or Mormons?

Yellowdog's avatar

Then the Book of Mormon would work its way into films, like how Battlestar Galactica was from a star or planet Kolob and yielded Adam and Eve.

filmfann's avatar

When the film industry was young, no one wanted to work in this seemingly frivolous business. Hence, many immigrants, not only Jews, found a place to work.
Add to that the Jewish tradition of story telling, and their use of nepotism, and you find your result.
Many in the business are not Jews, of course, and I understand the concern of stereotyping. This is not a criticism, but an explanation of the sequence of events.

Jeruba's avatar

An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, by Neil Gabler (1989), is a very interesting book on this subject.

LostInParadise's avatar

@Rarebear , The ADL does a disservice by not giving the statistics. Jews don’t run Hollywood but they are disproportionately represented. I am Jewish and that is certainly nothing to be ashamed of, as well as the disproportionate number of Jewish Nobel Prize winners. Funny how anti-Semites never mention that second group.

NomoreY_A's avatar

It doesn’t play in to the neo nazi rhetoric.

Rarebear's avatar

@LostInParadise Any time anybody says anything that has the two words “the Jews” when it’s not talking about a religious context the statement is inherently racist, even if they don’t mean it. I’m sure the question was written in innocence and I’m NOT accusing @dopeguru of being racist. The question itself, however, does have a racist connotation (see below)

The issue for me, and anybody who is close to the Holocaust, is that when characterizing us as “the Jews” it’s characterizing them as “the other”. Meaning not “us”.

There are antisemetic tropes that have been going on for years. Jews control the government. Jews control the media. Jews control Hollywood. Jews control the banks.

Is it true that there are many Jewish people who are also in Hollywood? Sure. It’s also true that there are many Jewish bankers, comic book artists, doctors, etc. But by saying that “the Jews run the Hollywood industry” puts a connotation on it that has echoes of 1930s Germany.

LostInParadise's avatar

I agree completely. I am just saying that the case would be made stronger by giving the actual percentages. There is a big difference between control and disproportionate representation.

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