John Stewart would really like to clarify that he didn’t actually call J.K Rowling anti-semitic for her portrayal of goblins in the hit book and movie series.
“I cannot stress this enough,” Stewart, who is Jewish, said on his podcast Wednesday. “I’m not accusing J.K. Rowling of anti-semitic, she need not answer to any of it. I don’t want the Harry Potter movies censored in any way. It was a light-hearted conversation. Get a f–king grip.”
In a former episode of his show, The Problem with Jon Stewart, he said the goblins resembled characters from an anti-semitic book written in the 1900s.
“I just want to show you a caricature. And they’re like, ‘Oh, look at that, that’s from “Harry Potter”!’ And you’re like, ‘No, that’s a caricature of a Jew from an anti-Semitic piece of literature.’ J.K. Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’” Stewart said in jest.
“It was one of those things where I saw it on the screen and I was expecting the crowd to be like, ‘Holy s–t, she [Rowling] did not, in a wizarding world, just throw Jews in there to run the f–king underground bank,’ ” he continued. “And everybody was just like, ‘Wizards.’ It was so weird.”
In his latest podcast he blasted the liberal media for jumping on his comments. “Let me say this instead to Newsweek, your business model is f–king arson,” he accused. “And now all the s–thaeds pile into this ridiculously out of context nonsense you put out there.”
“Let me tell you something, Newsweek, you used to mean something, you were my go to at the airport when the kiosk was out of time magazine,” he jokingly jabbed.
Stewart explained that he doesn’t believe the Harry Potter franchise is anti-semitic, and that he loves the movies, “probably too much for a gentleman of my considerable age.”
“I do not think J.K. Rowling is anti-Semitic. I did not accuse her of being anti-Semitic,” he summed up. “I would just like to say that none of that is true. And not a reasonable person could not have looked at that conversation and not found it light hearted.”
Newsweek et al, may eat my ass. pic.twitter.com/eRoYYeNRi1
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) January 5, 2022