For those of you just joining us on this absurd story, earlier this month we reported that a Michigan woman is suing the distributors of the movie Drive.
Her lawsuit reads as follows:
Distributor FilmDistrict promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast and Furious series of movies. Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film… having very little driving in the motion picture, Drive was a motion picture that substantially contained extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith, and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith.
Now, her lawyer has posted on a film blog about why he thinks the film is anti-Semitic. Here are some highlights from his lengthy explanation:
"…Even in the genre of gangster movies, these Jews are portrayed in an unequivocal racist way."
"[They were] cartoon one dimensional Jews in Drive, right down to the gold pinkey rings, gold watch, and thick gold chains, that only a "senior citizen Jew stereotype" department could have come up with…"
"When the gangsters embody most, if not all false negative Jewish stereotypes, that's racism. The whole Nino/Izzy slur, straight from Nazi propaganda, about the Jew never fitting in, but always trying to mask his identity. Or the false racist canard about Jews being a threat to the Christian child. Both incorporated here, neither necessary to be a gangster. I could go on for each of the Jew hating steretypes that the Jews in the movie 'just so happen' to embody."
We still stand by what we said before. It was a fantastic film, and we don't think it was Anti-Semitic just because the gangsters happen to be Jewish this time, as opposed to The Sopranos where they were Italian.
What do U think? Is Drive Anti-Semitic???
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