In an interview last Friday on MSNBC with Chuck Todd, Patinkin defended the show’s decision to provide a more sympathetic portrayal of Muslims. But in doing so, he made some shockingly ignorant statements.
Todd asked the actor about the fear some Americans have about possible terrorists being mixed in with Syrian and other Muslim refugees.
In response, Patinkin noted that government leaders throughout history have chosen people to vilify.
Well, this is where Homeland and the real world are one for me because I started to say earlier it’s false information. It’s not the truth in terms of how you get elected and the tools you use. It’s the oldest trick in the book. I find someone to vilify. In movies, it was cowboys and Indians and the Nazis, Communists, you know.”
Did Patinkin really mean to imply that Nazis should not have been, nor should be, vilified? Then why do so many of his Hollywood colleagues continually smear conservative and/or Republicans with the Nazi label? That’s a peculiar remark coming from a Jewish actor.
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