Actress Julianna Margulies, known for her roles in “ER” and “The Good Wife,” recently retracted statements that had caused offense to the Black and LGBTQ communities.
The apology came after remarks she made on a podcast were perceived as linking these communities to antisemitism.
Margulies apologizes, reiterates anti-prejudice stance
In a statement to Deadline, Margulies expressed horror at the offense her words caused and emphasized her commitment to fighting racism, homophobia, sexism, and any form of prejudice.
Margulies clarified that her intention was never to deepen divisions and expressed her sincere apologies for any hurt caused.
Margulies responds to podcast controversy, condemns hate, terrorism
She reaffirmed her dedication to combating hate, including antisemitism, and opposing terrorist groups like Hamas.
The controversy arose from Margulies’ comments on an episode of The Back Room with Andy Ostroy podcast.
Margulies stirs controversy with comments on Israel-Hamas
Discussing the Israel-Hamas conflict post the October 7 terrorist attack, Margulies, who is Jewish, criticized what she saw as a lack of support for Palestine.
She controversially suggested that Adolf Hitler was influenced by the Jim Crow South and expressed disappointment at the Black community for not standing in solidarity with Jews, referring to the historical alliance during the civil rights movement.
“The fact that the entire black community isn’t standing with us to me says either they just don’t know, or they’ve been brainwashed to hate Jews,” she said.
Margulies’ apology underscores sensitivities in race and identity dialogue
Margulies’ retraction and apology highlight the complexities and sensitivities involved in public discourse, especially regarding race, identity, and historical context.
Her acknowledgment of the impact of her words and her attempt to rectify the situation reflects a broader understanding of the importance of respectful and informed dialogue on these critical issues.