Alarmed by the Israel-Hamas war and a climbing tide of despise directed at Jews, distinguished entertainment industry creatives and executives have formed a nonprofit organization devoted to combatting antisemitism.
The Enjoyment Alliance to Fight Antisemitism has occur with each other in the earlier few weeks subsequent the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks in Israel and the shocking increase in antisemitic incidents in the U.S. Nearly 2,000 associates of the creative community have signed a pledge that condemns discrimination and affirms Israel’s ideal to exist.
“Just as we have bonded collectively to fight other kinds of hatred and bigotry, we stand united in our pledge to combat antisemitism anywhere it appears. We have found what occurs when unbridled Jew-hatred goes unchecked. We pledge to not let that transpire on our view,” the pledge reads in aspect.
Among the users and organizers of the EAFA are showrunners Howard Gordon and Hank Steinberg and director Kimberly Peirce. The team is assembling its funding and seeking to employ the service of an govt chief who will be tasked with working with existing anti-despise businesses and pursuing outreach campaigns via media and amusement channels.
“As devastating at it has been to witness the unabashed show of vitriolic antisemitism right here and abroad, staying portion of the groundswell of assist in what has become a thing like a grassroots movement, has supplied us all hope and reason,” Peirce told Variety.
The EAFA was born out of the identical alarm that spurred the Anti Defamation League in September to establish its Media and Leisure Institute with the aim of participating sector insiders on the persistence of antisemitic and hateful tropes in pop lifestyle.
“The EAFA arrived jointly as a collective connect with to action to confront the growing tide of antisemitism, not just in the amusement market, but all around the earth,” Gordon explained to Wide range.
Gordon, Peirce, Steinberg and other organizers conceived the EAFA pledge times following the commence of the Israel-Hamas war. It gathered 1,500 signatures in 48 hours. Among the the other notables who have signed on are actors Ben Stiller, Claire Danes, Andy Garcia, showrunners Greg Berlanti, Courtney Kemp, executives John Landgraf and Susan Rovner, producers Warren Littlefield and Jason Blum, songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristin Anderson-Lopez and leading agents which include CAA’s Joe Cohen and WME’s Rick Rosen. The team is solidly nonpartisan, focusing on advocacy around antisemitism relatively than politics or plan concerns.
The EAFA’s early plans include things like encouraging studios, networks, streamers, talent companies and other sector constituencies to invest in training to elevate awareness of hateful stereotypes and other forms of discrimination versus Jews.
“The team is presently achieving out to studios, networks, streaming platforms, and to guilds and unions who, so much, have been unbelievably receptive to committing to combating antisemitism in the place of work and in the illustration of Jews in movie and tv,” Steinberg informed Wide range.
In this article is the comprehensive text of the EAFA pledge:
We, the undersigned writers, directors, actors, producers, musicians, songwriters, crew, associates, executives, and other enjoyment field professionals are alarmed by the increasing wave of antisemitism that is spreading close to the globe, throughout our nation, through our school campuses, and in our marketplace.
We identify that Jews have a proper to dwell and discover and function devoid of fear of violence and harassment. We identify the ideal of Israel to exist. Just as we have bonded collectively to battle other types of hatred and bigotry, we stand united in our pledge to struggle antisemitism wherever it seems. We have seen what takes place when unbridled Jew-hatred goes unchecked. We pledge to not enable that occur on our watch.