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Netflix's hit comedy You People has been branded 'horribly damaging' to Jewish people for pushing stereotypes of them being 'white, privileged, and racist.'
Jonah Hill and Kenya Barris' new movie has more than 55million viewing hours and is currently sitting at the number one movie spot on Netflix after its release nearly two weeks ago.
The main premise of the film follows a Jewish man (Hill) falling in love with Amira Mohammed (Lauren London), who is a black, Muslim woman. Their relationship is tested as their respective families react to the cultural differences.
Critics have branded the movie 'damaging' after they claim the movie leans too heavily on stereotypes and was anti-Semitic.
Author of Jews Don't Count, David Baddiel, tweeted: 'It’s a Jews Don’t Count fest. The Jewish family are positioned as white, privileged and racist. The black family just have a stern dad. At the end, there’s much Jewish apologizing for racism. None for antisemitism. That word never appears.'
You People has been branded 'irredeemable' by the Jewish community for taking 'cheap' shots at the Holocaust and playing into stereotypes
Author of Jews Don't Count, David Baddiel, said the film showed the 'Jewish family [as] positioned as white, privileged and racist'
Allison Josephs, executive director of nonprofit Jew in the City, agreed, calling the movie 'really, really bad.'
'Not sure what they were hoping to accomplish, but it didn’t work,' she tweeted. 'Jewish & white are one and the same in this film.'
'I've spoken with so many Jewish people who are really, really upset by this movie,' Josephs also told Newsweek. 'I think one of the biggest frustrations for me, watching the movie was not being able to comeback to some of the outrageous claims that were made.'
She said the movie took 'cheap' shots at the Holocaust and suggestions Jewish people were successful through their large communities of connections and came from generations of wealth.
'In the trailer, they were already making Holocaust jokes and kind of minimizing the Holocaust. So that's not good when your trailer includes cheap and really offensive Holocaust humor,' she told Newsweek.
Allison Josephs, executive director of nonprofit Jew in the City, said it was 'an erasure of Jewish history and like an invalidation of all that we've been through'
She called the film 'really, really bad' in a tweet
'I couldn't even imagine how bad it would be.