Julianna Margulies Responds to Criticism Over Racist Israel-Hamas Comments

"I did not intend for my words to sow further division.”

Julianna Margulies is "horrified" by the reactions to her statements about Black and LGBTQ Americans.

The actress appeared on the Nov. 20 episode of “The Back Room with Andy Ostroy” podcast, where she made remarks about former President Donald Trump "legitimizing" and praising neo-Nazi protesters after the 2017 Charlottesville, Va. protest.

“The Morning Show” actress discussed what she viewed as insufficient support for Israel following attacks by Hamas on Oct. 7. She drew parallels between these responses and what she perceives as similar reactions from her and other Jewish individuals supporting the Black and LGBTQ+ communities during past injustices.

Margulies went on to criticize progressive young people while raising concerns about antisemitic sentiments and suggested that individuals supporting certain causes might face risks in countries with different ideologies. 

She asserted that a "Black lesbian club" at Columbia University exhibited a film and displayed signs reading "No Jews allowed." 

"Because I wanna say to them, ‘You f—ing idiots. You don’t exist. You’re even lower than the Jews,” said Marguiles, who potrays a lesbian journalist on “The Morning Show.” “A. You’re Black, and B. You’re gay and you’re turning your back against the people who support you?’ Because Jews, they rally around everybody."

Nearly two weeks later, on Friday (Dec. 1), Margulies released an exclusive statement to Deadline: “I am horrified by the fact that statements I made on a recent podcast offended the Black and LGBTQIA+ communities, communities I truly love and respect,” she said.  

“I want to be 100 percent clear: Racism, homophobia, sexism, or any prejudice against anyone’s personal beliefs or identity are abhorrent to me, full stop. Throughout my career I have worked tirelessly to combat hate of all kinds, end antisemitism, speak out against terrorist groups like Hamas, and forge a united front against discrimination. I did not intend for my words to sow further division, for which I am sincerely apologetic.”


Sen. Cory Booker Recounts Being In Israel When Hamas Attack Erupted

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

By clicking Subscribe, you confirm that you have read and agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge our Privacy Policy. You also agree to receive marketing communications, updates, special offers (including partner offers) and other information from BET and the Paramount family of companies. You understand that you can unsubscribe at any time.