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Joel Fields, director of “The Americans,” attacks WGA’s silence on Israel

Joel Fields, director of “The Americans,” attacks WGA’s silence on Israel

“The Americans” director Joel Fields criticized the Writers Guild of America on Wednesday for failing to issue a statement condemning Hamas’ attack on Israel.

“The Writers Guild has let us down badly,” Fields said. “For an organization that constantly issues statements to ensure it is on the right side of history, it has unfortunately made its statements through its silence.”

Fields was speaking in a painting in miscellaneous Hollywood and Anti-Semitism Summit, presented by the Margaret and Daniel Loeb Foundation and Shine A Light.

His statements came: Open letter released on Sunday, which said the WGA’s silence on the issue showed it had “lost the plot.” Fields was among the signatories, as was Joe Weisberg, author of “The Americans,” along with Jerry Seinfeld, Eli Roth, Susannah Grant, Steven Levitan, Scott Frank, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Jenji Kohan and many others.

Both SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America issued statements last week condemning the October 7 attack, which killed more than 1,400 people.

The WGA did not comment on why it did not issue a statement about the attacks. Some have put forward the theory that the union does not want to upset its members who may sympathize more with the Palestinians. Others assumed the union was simply trying to avoid a charged topic.

Ilana Wernick, the writer and producer of “Mom,” “Maggie” and “Modern Family,” said the failure to issue a statement was rooted in ideological hostility.

“It is clear that the WGA has a Jew-hate problem and we need to say that loudly,” Wernick said.

She went on to say that she was speaking on behalf of people who had been “damaged by the truly vile ideology of Wokeism.”

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“It’s an ideology based on perception and feelings. It’s not based on truth. It’s not based on reality,” she said. “It’s the idea that the person or group that is perceived as being oppressed is always right, and the person or group that is perceived as An oppressor who is always wrong is what led us to this.”

“We’ve all seen in the last few years how people we know – good people, and I’m not just talking about Jews – have turned good people into villains and lost their livelihoods. Now turning villains into heroes doesn’t seem like such a big leap. That’s what this does.” Universities.”

Hollywood began as a refuge for Jews and became a “safe space,” Fields said.

“I think we didn’t confront anti-Semitism until about a week and a half ago,” Fields said.

Several studios issued either public statements or internal memos condemning the attacks. Hollywood stars also issued similar statements or made contributions in the wake of the attacks.