A December 2021 episode of Jon Stewart’s “The Problem with Jon Stewart” podcast made headlines for the host’s removal of JK Rowling and portrayal of goblins in the author’s film. Harry potter franchise.
In the Harry potter universe, goblins work and run the Gringotts Bank. Stewart made a comparison between the goblins depicted onscreen in the Harry potter anti-Semitic films and illustrations from the 1903 book The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
âThis is how you know the Jews are always where they are,â Stewart said in the podcast episode. “Speaking to people, this is what I say: have you ever seen a Harry potter movie? Have you ever seen the scenes from Gringotts Bank? Do you know who these people who run the bank are? The Jews! And they’re like, ‘Oh, (this illustration is) Harry potter! “And you’re like, ‘No, that’s a caricature of a Jew from an anti-Semitic book.’ JK Rowling said to me, “Can we get these guys to run our bank? It’s a wizarding world … we can ride dragons, you can have a pet owl … but who should run the bank? Jews. But what if the teeth were sharper? “
It was one of those things where I saw it on screen and I expected the crowd to say to me, ‘Holy shit, (Rowling) didn’t, in a wizarding world , just threw Jews out there to run the f *** an underground bank, “Stewart added.” And everyone was like ‘The Wizards’. It was so weird. “
Rowling has been at the center of controversy for the past two years over her anti-transgender comments. The author remains involved in Warner Bros’ Harry potter derivative franchise Fantastic beasts, including the third installment (Dumbledore’s secrets) is slated for a U.S. theatrical release on April 15. Rowling’s anti-trans views have been condemned by Harry potter actors such as Daniel Radcliffe, with Warner Bros releasing their own statement on this in June 2020.
“Warner Bros’ position on inclusiveness is well established, and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture has never been more important to our business and to our audiences around the world,” the studio said at the time. âWe deeply appreciate the work of our storytellers who give so much of themselves by sharing their creations with all of us. We recognize our responsibility to foster empathy and promote understanding of all communities and individuals, by especially those we work with and those we reach through our content. ” – Reuters