Later that year, it was the hateful art film "The Magdalene Sisters," which painted a broad-brushed propagandistic portrait of sadistic Irish nuns and a church pulsing with pure evil.
When Mel Gibson uncorked his drunken rant against Jews last summer, some Hollywood titans wanted him drummed out of the industry forever. Now, can you imagine their reaction had Mel Gibson tried to produce a film defaming Jews and ridiculing Judaic traditions? Never mind one. How about launching an anti-Semitic cottage industry, as in seven bigoted movies, as the Weinsteins have hurled against Catholics and Christians?
A vicious debunking movie titled "Rabbi"? Mocking comedies with titles like "Bad Mitzvah" Or a horror film titled "Black Hanukkah," or "Dreidels of Death," released on the first day of the holiday season, complete with Hanukkah songs as the soundtrack to murder in the commercials?
It needn't even be stated that the Weinsteins' continual anti-Christian bigotry is no reflection on the Jewish community, but that is no reason for this community to be silent. To the contrary, it is every reason for Jewish leaders to be outraged.
Several years ago, that broadly defined conservative -- but ever-insulting -- talk radio host Michael Savage was given his own TV show on the MSNBC network. Many of us knew it was only a matter of time before he self-exploded with a patented hate-filled rant, and it took just a few weeks before the ugliest of on-air gay-bashing tirades cost him his job.
I made it a point publicly to commend the network for showing this bigot the door, which earned me his everlasting enmity, about which I could care less. I did so because I was outraged and wanted it emphasized that his behavior was not just offensive to homosexuals, it was insulting to every person who calls himself a conservative.
It is time for the Jewish community to denounce the equally bigoted Harvey and Bob Weinstein machine.