'The Umbrella Academy' got the attention from the Jewish community; not in the way showrunners had expected.
Netflix’sThe Umbrella Academy has been hugely successful bidding in terms of superhero programming.
However, the series is now facing quite a retaliation after The Board of Deputies of BritishJews censured the show for being ‘anti-Semitic.’
The backlashes have been raised especially in part to the character ‘The Handler’ played by Kate Walsh where she can be occasionally seen using the Jewish language throughout the show.
In the series, The Handler is in charge of The Commission – which exploits the fictional world around them in order to control the future.
Kate Walsh's character in Netflix's The Umbrella Academy has been backlashed by the Jewish community. SOURCE: Dankanator
The heroes of the Umbrella Academy go up against the organization as they try to stop the apocalypse from impending.
On the other hand, to ensure that the disaster does happen, the Handler, and the Commission employs two assassins, Hazel (Cameron Britton) and Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige), to stop the Academy in their tracks.
But when their plans begin to go wrong, the Handler scorches them, and announces in Yiddish that they think ‘the egg is smarter than the chicken.’
Amanda Bowman, Vice President of the board, argues that the show’s villains using Yiddish is supporting a conspiracy theory that Jews are secretly controlling the world.
“The use of a Yiddish saying by the evil boss of an organization which controls the world’s timeline is clearly an anti-Semitic trope,” Bowman explained to The Sun.
“Whether intentional or not, this makes for very uncomfortable viewing. Netflix should take action to remove the racism from this scene.”
Jewish author Katherine Locke has also remarked against the issue, saying that while the writers may not have caused offense intentionally, it was a dangerous decision enough to have caused offense to certain groups. As such the writer said,
“There’s an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that there’s a secret cabal of Jews controlling or manipulating the world. This conspiracy theory has fuelled anti-Semites for a long time, and frequently results in violence.”