Julianna Margulies has apologized for offensive feedback she made about Black and LGBTQ supporters of Palestine, together with that Black folks have “been brainwashed to hate Jews.”
“I’m horrified by the truth that statements I made on a current podcast offended the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, communities I actually love and respect,” she mentioned in an announcement. “I need to be 100% clear: Racism, homophobia, sexism, or any prejudice in opposition to anybody’s private beliefs or id are abhorrent to me, full cease. All through my profession I’ve labored tirelessly to fight hate of all sort, finish antisemitism, converse out in opposition to terrorist teams like Hamas, and forge a united entrance in opposition to discrimination. I didn’t intend for my phrases to sow additional division, for which I’m sincerely apologetic.”
Margulies, who at the moment stars as Laura Peterson in “The Morning Present,” made the incendiary remarks in a Nov. 21 episode of Andy Ostroy’s podcast “The Again Room.” As the 2 mentioned American reactions to the Israel-Hamas conflict, Margulies expressed anger at Black and LGBTQ individuals who have spoken out in opposition to Israel’s assaults on Gaza.
“You already know, there was a movie being proven by this Black lesbian membership on the Columbia campus and so they put up indicators that mentioned, ‘no Jews allowed,’” Margulies mentioned, probably in reference to an incident involving the coed group Lion Lez as reported by the New York Publish. (In response to the Publish, the e-mail despatched by that group mentioned, “It’s FREE PALESTINE over right here. Zionists aren’t invited.”)
“As somebody who performs a lesbian journalist on ‘The Morning Present,’” she continued, “I’m extra offended by it as a lesbian than I’m as a Jew. As a result of I wanna say to them: You fucking idiots. You don’t exist. You’re even decrease than the Jews. A, you’re Black, and B, you’re homosexual. And also you’re turning your again in opposition to the individuals who assist you? As a result of Jews, they rally round all people.”
Ostroy urged that there have been bigger reactions about folks utilizing “the mistaken pronouns on faculty campuses” than the Oct. 7 Hamas assaults in Israel, and Margulies concurred.
“Oh my god, overlook it,” she mentioned. “It’s these youngsters who’re spewing this antisemitic hate that don’t know in the event that they stepped foot in an Islamic nation — these individuals who need us to name them they/them, or no matter they need us to name them — which I’ve respectfully actually made some extent of doing, like, be whoever you need to be — it’s these folks that would be the first folks beheaded and their heads performed with like a soccer ball. Like a soccer ball on the sphere. And that’s who they’re supporting? Terrorists who don’t need ladies to have their rights? LGBTQ folks get executed.”
Margulies made these feedback whereas additionally pointing to her earlier assist of Black communities: “I’m the primary particular person to march [for] Black Lives Matter. When that occurred to George Floyd, I put a black display on my Instagram. Like, I ran to assist my Black brothers and sisters,” she mentioned.
“The truth that your entire Black neighborhood isn’t standing with us to me says both they simply don’t know, or they’ve been brainwashed to hate Jews,” she added.
Deadline was first to report Margulies’ apology.