Jon Stewart isn’t funny, so it’s no wonder that he keeps trying to be taken seriously. His latest bid for seriousness is directing a movie that will play in indie theaters for two weeks before making way for a Romanian romantic comedy.
And he would like to clarify something. He’s not a self-hating Jew.
“Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn’t one of them,” Stewart told the reporter. “As soon as they go to, ‘Your real name is Leibowitz!’ that’s when I change the channel.”
And then he goes on to demonstrate exactly that neurotic attitude which characterizes the self-hating Jew.
Stewart filmed the movie in Amman, Jordan, which proved challenging due to the lack of an established film industry in the area.
Israel, despite its well-established film infrastructure, was not considered as a location, Stewart told the Hollywood Reporter: “You’ve already got a Jewish guy directing it. They’re already putting out seven-minute pieces, the Iranian press, that I’m a CIA and a Mossad agent. So the last thing we want to do is add fuel to that.”
Self-hating Jews are neurotically obsessed with “adding fuel to things”. It never actually works.
Even so, the Iranian government has used Stewart’s Jewishness to discredit the upcoming film, postulating in state media that Rosewater was sponsored by Stewart’s Jewish “masters.”
Stewart avoided filming in a safer country with a professional film industry so his movie wouldn’t be tagged as a “Jewish” project, but in a region where Gaddafi and the Saudi King and Ahmadinejad are accused of being Jews, no amount of neurotic behavior, from changing your name to avoiding filming in Israel, will prevent the inevitable.
The self-hating Jew is neurotically fixated on avoiding the fallout from his Jewishness and his very attitude gives that fallout power and resonance. By announcing that he didn’t want to film in Israel, he only created the impression that he had something to hide.
The self-hating Jews fears adding fuel to things yet his neurotic behavior is what adds fuel to the accusations hurled at him.