This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes comedian and writer David Baddiel (@Baddiel). On this episode they discuss David’s new book ‘Jews Don’t Count’, which takes a look at the double-standards when it comes to anti-Semitism.
Watch the video version on Youtube: https://youtu.be/yO3yUz6FdZ8
3:09 Start of interview
3:32 The meaning of ‘Jews Don’t Count’
5:54 Far-right anti-Semitism
7:17 Being “on the right side of history” and reaction to the book
9:19 Forms of anti-Semitism and conspiracy
14:17 Batley blasphemy row and “what about the Jews?” response to unrelated issues
19:06 ‘Godwin’s Law’* (*Coined by Mike Godwin, not Stephen Godwin).
19:58 On throwing the word ‘Nazi’ around and holocaust comparisons.
22:24 ‘Soft-core Holocaust denial’
23:38 Tackling weighty and intellectual issues as a comedian.
26:55 Jewish comedy and emancipation via comedy
29:24 The debate over casting minority characters from the relevant minority group.
34:35 Avoiding the culture wars
36:12 “The truth is always complex” and Twitter V real life.
37:42 The words ‘Jew’ and ‘Jews’.
41:14 Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party and anti-Semitism.
46:50 Ignorance of (and sharing of) anti-Semitic imagery
51:45 The left’s preoccupation with the Israel/Palestine conflict
57:06 Roald Dahl, cancellation & separating the art from the artist
1:01:59 David’s potential next book on atheism and Richard Dawkins
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Buy the book ‘Jews Don’t Count’: https://amzn.to/2O9zS9a
Roald Dahl blog: https://www.gspellchecker.com/2016/09/roald-dahl-failed-on-free-speech-and-threw-salman-rushdie-to-the-mob/