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Jon Stewart Clarifies Comments He Made About 'Harry Potter': ‘I Do Not Think J.K. Rowling Is Anti-Semitic’

Jon Stewart Clarifies Comments He Made About 'Harry Potter': ‘I Do Not Think J.K. Rowling Is Anti-Semitic’

Jon Stewart is clarifying comments he made about J.K. Rowling.

On a recent episode of his podcast, the Daily Show alum compared the depiction of the Goblins, who run the banks in the wizarding world, to anti-Semitic illustrations featured in the 1903 book “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” which is widely considered to be one of the biggest anti-Jewish texts of all time.

Jon took to social media on Wednesday (January 5) to set the record straight about his remarks.

Click inside to find out what he said…

“I do not think J.K. Rowling is anti-Semitic. I did not accuse her of being anti-Semitic,” he said in a video posted to Twitter. “I do not think the Harry Potter movies are anti-Semitic. I really love the Harry Potter movies, probably too much for a gentleman of my considerable age.”

“I cannot stress this enough. I am not accusing J.K. Rowling of being anti-Semitic,” he continued. “She need not answer to any of it. I don’t want the Harry Potter movies censored in any way. It was a lighthearted conversation. Get a fucking grip.”

Jon went on to say the discussion was meant to explore “how some tropes are so embedded in society that they’re basically invisible, even in a considered process like moviemaking.”

JK Rowling has previously been the subject of controversy, facing backlash for several anti-transgender comments she has made in the past.

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