Recently, Jon Stewart made headlines with some interesting comments about J. K. Rowling and the Harry Potter movies. In a podcast, he explained how goblins in charge of Gringotts bank were from an anti-Semitic book. After the media outlets started talking about it, The Daily Show host came forward with clarification. According to him, his comment is taken in a wrong way.
Since a while now, J. K. Rowling is under-fire for her controversial views about Trans women.
Although Jon Stewart made the anti-Semitic remarks now, Harry Potter’s author have been facing criticism for a while now. In 2020, J. K. Rowling retweeted an article which read: ‘people who menstruate’. However, it was her caption which caught attention. She wrote:
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
This led to the LGBTQ+ community and other people furiously criticizing her. At the same time, people urged to cancel her forever. Similarly, Harry Potter stars also came forward with support for Trans people.
Recently, Jon Stewart made some comments which went viral.
In the latest episode of his podcast, The Problem with Jon Stewart, he talked about the goblins in Harry Potter movies. While talking about it, he said:
“Talking to people, this is what I say: Have you ever seen a Harry Potter movie? Have you ever seen the scenes at the Gringotts bank? Do you know who those folks run the bank are? Jews.”
Furthermore, Jon Stewart talked about an illustration from a 1903 racist book, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and said:
“That’s a caricature of a Jew from an anti-Semitic piece of literature… J.K. Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’ … It was one of those things where I saw it on the screen, and I was expecting the crowd to be like, ‘Holy shit, [Rowling] did not, in a wizarding world, just throw Jews in there to run the fucking underground bank. “
Shortly after, this comment went viral and many media outlets reported it.
After the uproar, Jon Stewart came forward with an explanation.
In a tweet titled Newsweek et al, may eat my a**, Jon Stewart denied that he accused J. K. Rowling of being a racist and anti-Semitic. According to him, it was a light hearted conversation and no reasonable person would think otherwise. Furthermore, Jon Stewart addressed the media outlets and criticized them. While clarifying his stance, he said:
“I do not think J.K. Rowling is anti-Semitic. I did not accuse her of being anti-Semitic. And I do not think the Harry Potter movies are anti-Semitic. I really love the Harry Potter movies, probably too much for a gentleman of my considerable age. I don’t want the ‘Harry Potter’ movies censored in any way. It was a lighthearted conversation.”
Hopefully, now people would stop talking about censoring Harry Potter movies.