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Amazon Boss Defends The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Against Accusations of Anti-Semitism

"It's a love letter to the Jewish community"

Megan Vick

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an awards darling, having taken home eight Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody. However, not everyone is over the moon for Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino's period comedy about a Jewish divorcee who dives headfirst into the world of stand-up comedy in the late 1950s.

When the show's second season debuted in December, outlets like The Los Angeles Times called out the Amazon series for leaning into Jewish stereotypes and schtick for jokes rather than giving a realistic depiction of the community in that time period. Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke addressed the critiques at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Wednesday, acknowledging that it was never the Palladinos' intention to insult the Jewish people of the era.

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"I think, and Amy and Dan feel very strongly about this, this show is a love letter to the Jewish community, and [Amy] grew up in that community and she feels very affectionate toward the community," Salke said. "We're not worried about [the criticism] because we just don't accept that the spirit of it is offensive in any way, but [Amy] is aware of that and being very thoughtful about that moving forward."

Salke also said that she has heard the pitch for Maisel's third season and feels confident viewers will continue their love affair with the series during Midge's next adventure, where she's set to go on tour with a famous black musician. That should be extremely interesting considering racial relations in the early 1960s.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is streaming on Amazon Prime.

​Michael Zegen, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Michael Zegen, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Nicole Rivelli