Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Sylvester Stallone Portrait of Producer Irwin Winkler Uses Anti-Semitic Imagery of Snake


A reader of this site wrote to me this morning: “Roger, I’m sure it’s not lost on you that the snake comparison is an ages old anti-Semitic tactic, and that Winkler is Jewish. I was always a Stallone fan, but this is loathsome and despicable what he’s doing. There would be no Stallone without Winkler…”

Yes, the portrait of “Rocky” producer Irwin Winkler created by Sylvester Stallone on Instagram is of Winkler as a snake with a knife — or the snake’s tail — coming out of his mouth. It doesn’t leave a lot of room to the imagination.

On the Philadelphia Holocaust Museum site, there is a reproduced Nazi poster of Jews as snakes. The site says: “The antisemitic trope linking Jews with snakes is often associated with the trope of Jewish disloyalty. As such, it is not surprising that references to Jews’ perceived treason and disloyalty is referenced in this image as well.”

Ironic: Philadelphia is the setting for “Rocky.” FYI.

This day is not going to go well for Sylvester Stallone.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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