The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) says a comedy sketch performed at Sunday's Academy Awards, featuring Seth Macfarlane's character "Ted," was anti-Semetic, "offensive and not remotely funny."
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During the sequence, Ted tells actor Mark Wahlberg that if “you want to work in this town” you have to be Jewish.
The comedy routine featured "anti-Jewish" and "age-old" stereotypes, and to many who know little or nothing about Hollywood or the falsity of such Jewish stereotypes, there’s a much higher potential for the ‘Jews control Hollywood’ myth to be accepted as fact, said ADL.
"It only reinforces stereotypes which legitimize anti-Semitism. It is sad and disheartening that the Oscars awards show sought to use anti-Jewish stereotypes for laughs," Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in a statement. He added that he wish Mcfarlane had used greater sensitivity.