Saturday Night Live Blames the Jews

An early version of the type of humour now found on Saturday Night Live.

It’s as predictable as mushrooms spouting up after rain: all you need is a global financial crisis and, presto, anti-Semitic tropes and ideas start springing up all over the place. The New Zealand blogger Maps pointed out  one example of this phenomenon. On a local Kiwi radio show a caller named Dean “argued that the ‘greed’ of a group of ‘Jewish bankers’ had caused the insolvency of American banks and the collapse of Wall St Shares. Dean claimed that Jewish bankers had also caused the Great Depression and World War Two, and that the Holocaust had been a ‘backlash’ against them.” Apparently other callers to the same show echoed Dean’s idea. Continue reading