Hollywood filmmaker Harvey Weinstein says that Jews need to "stand up" against anti-Semites and "kick these guys in the ass."
Weinstein made his comments about present day anti-Semites Tuesday night during an acceptance speech in Beverly Hills for the Humanitarian Award at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The prolific movie producer told the audience that the motto at Miramax, which he co-founded, was from "Sirens of Titan" by Kurt Vonnegut: "'Good can triumph over evil if the angels are as organized as the mafia.'
"That is how we built our company," he said. "And, unfortunately, we [Jews] are going to have to get as organized as the mafia. We just can’t take it anymore. We can’t take these things. There’s gotta be a way to fight back."
Weinstein was speaking to a crowd, which included more than a dozen Holocaust survivors. In a reference to his film "Inglourious Basterds," which was about Jewish-American soldiers who set out to assassinate Nazi leaders, he said, "too bad movies can't all be like 'Inglourious Basterds,' where Hitler gets what he deserves." The comment was reportedly welcomed with a hearty applause.
Weinstein also talked about his father, who was a soldier in the Israeli army in World War II before Israel became a state. He says that his father taught him about anti-Semitism.
"While we must be understanding of our Arab brothers and our Islamic brothers, we also have to understand that these crazy bastards [Arab and Islamic extremists] are also killing their own — they're killing neighbors, they're killing people from all sorts of different races," he explained.
"And, unlike World War II, when we didn't act right away and we paid the price, we better start acting now. Trust me, I'm the last guy who wants to do anything about it, but I realize if we don't, we will perish," he said.
"We can't allow the bad guys to win. So, as they say in 'The Godfather' — 'back to the mattresses' — and back to the idea that we will not ever forget what happened to us."
The ceremony also celebrated four Jewish heroes, some posthumously. The event was attended by other notables such as the master of ceremonies of the event and Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, actor Christoph Waltz, who starred in "Inglourious Basterds," NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer, Larry A. Mizel, Rabbi Meyer May, Rabbi Marvin Hier and others.
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