Sarah Silverman Decries ‘Jewface’ Issue, Rips Hollywood for Failing to Cast Jewish Actors in Jewish Roles

Sarah Silverman has called out Hollywood for repeatedly casting non-Jewish actors to play Jewish characters — denouncing the industry for its “Jewface” problem.

The comedian pointed to Kathyrn Hahn’s upcoming role as Joan Rivers in a limit series, noting that Hahn was raised Catholic while Rivers was Jewish.

“There’s this long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews, and not just playing people who happen to be Jewish but people whose Jewishness is their whole being,” she said in Thursday’s episode The Sarah Silverman Podcast, later adding, “One could argue, for instance, that a Gentile playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what is actually called ‘Jewface.’”

Silverman, who was fired from a 2019 film for wearing blackface during a 2007
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