Friday, October 21, 2011

Lawsuit for Ryan Gosling's 'Drive' Claims Movie is "Anti-Semetic"

A woman is suing the producers of 'Drive' and blames the producers..
 "for creating a so-called misleading trailer that promised more "Fast and the Future" type action than the film actually contained,
okay false advertising, kind of like when you expect when a movie starring Clint Eastwood/Lee Marvin to be an action-oriented, carnage-filled violent movie.  But even more striking...
 ....... is talking about the other allegation against the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed, Ryan Gosling -starring film:in addition to misleading, he says that the picture is anti-semitic, as well..."

whoa whoa whoa... .. HOLD ONTO YOUR POTATOES!!!...

The lawsuit according to, Hollywood Reporter, claims that ...

"Drive was a motion picture that substantially contained extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith, and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith."
 The principal villains in the movie are Jewish.  The attorney for the case, Martin Leaf responded to a blog,, which attacked the basis of the lawsuit.   In the response section of the blog, Leaf says that past real life Jewish gangsters such as Meyer Lansky, Micky Cohen and Bugsy Siegel were portrayed in a much more positive light in cinema, "as good fathers and sympathetic characters while Drive ...

".......with the cartoon one dimensional Jews in Drive, right down to the gold pinkey rings, gold watch, and thick gold chains, that only a "senior citizen Jew stereotype" department could have come up with."
I don't  understand the grounds for this lawsuit.  Is it the fact that these characters are not as smart and crafty as previous portrayals of Jewish villains/mobsters?  Or is it just the very fact that  Drive takes  really old Jewish stereotypes and actually incorporates it into the movie?

Because if that fact can constitute grounds for a lawsuit, I would like to sue all the producers of 80's movies that have incorporated a token Asian Character (namely any 80's movie that cast the kid who plays Short Round).   In these movies, Asians are unfairly portrayed to be intelligent, great with gadgets, and filled with uproarious one liners....(examples cited below)


...traits that I, unfortunately and to the disappointment of my non-Asian friends not possess.

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