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ADL Letter to Barbara Walters

October 15, 2013

Barbara Walters
The View
ABC Television Network

Dear Barbara:

We have received numerous phone calls and e-mails concerning the discussion among your co-hosts on Monday’s program dealing with Miley Cyrus’s comment that she does not take career advice from “70-year-old Jewish record executives.”  Many viewers who contacted us were particularly upset by the remark of your co-host, Jenny McCarthy, who stated: “I gotta tell you I would listen to anyone that’s Jewish, they know how to make money.”

Thank you for taking a moment to stop the discussion, right there and then, to make the point that that was an anti-Semitic statement some people would find offensive.

We are always concerned when celebrities use their public megaphone to make remarks that are insensitive or that play upon age-old anti-Semitic stereotypes.  Clearly, what Miley Cyrus said was out of line, but what is interesting to us is how her original remark continues to bring out anti-Semitic views in others, like your co-host, Ms. McCarthy.

The good news is that you were there to challenge her bigotry.  Thank you, again, for handling this comment and others on this same issue with sensitivity and grace.

Under separate cover, I am sending you a book I wrote called Jews & Money: The Story of a Stereotype.


Abraham H. Foxman
National Director

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