Saturday 18 November 2017

Column of shame shows that attacks on women are now par for the course

BBC presenters Vanessa Feltz (left) and Claudia Winkleman. Photo: PA
BBC presenters Vanessa Feltz (left) and Claudia Winkleman. Photo: PA
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

The first and last time I laughed (albeit nervously) at anything involving the word Jew was last April when Melissa McCarthy, of 'Saturday Night Live', parodied Sean Spicer, former press secretary to US President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump's administration reportedly removed all references to Jews from a statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The omission, by accident or design, sent large swathes of America and elsewhere into the type of epic public fury we have sadly become all too accustomed to in the era of the Donald.

'Saturday Night Live' tackled the Jewish omission head on. It was a brave move, even for 'Saturday Night Live' and McCarthy, who - in her parody as Spicer - defended the Jew-less holocaust statement by crying out to a fictitious batch of hapless White House reporters: "But the guy who wrote it was super-Jewy."

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