I happened to have my birthday recently and so I thought I'd carry on the tradition of treating myself to re-posting my favourite articles of all time. Last year we visited the seminal ''Rights of Man'' essay by Maurice Bardeche, which can be found at Counter Currents.
And I'm raiding Counter Currents again this year for this brilliant insight into the Jewish psyche.
Batman Returns: An Anti-Semitic Allegory?
Soon after the release of director Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) starring Michael Keaton as Batman, Danny DeVito as the Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, and Christopher Walken as evil capitalist Max Shreck, America’s premier newspaper, the Jewish-controlled New York Times, published an op-ed piece by two Columbia College seniors, Rebecca Roiphe and Daniel Cooper, entitled “Batman and the Jewish Question” (July 2, 1992).
Today, Roiphe, the daughter of feminist Anne Roiphe, is a professor at New York Law School.
Batman Returns is the second movie in the series, after Tim Burton’s inaugural Batman (1989). It told the tale of the Penguin, a freakish villain who posed a deadly threat to the citizens of Gotham City. As a deformed baby, he had been secretly set adrift à la Moses in Gotham City’s river by his parents, who deemed him repellant.
Nurtured in the sewers, the Penguin tries to seize political control of the metropolis with the help of wealthy, megalomaniacal industrialist Max Shreck. Ultimately, the Penguin mounts an attack to kidnap and murder all of the first-born aristocratic children of Gotham City.
This last plot element, an obvious reference to Passover, was introduced by Jewish screenwriter Wesley Strick, who admitted, “of course I was referring to Exodus.”
In their article, the two Ivy League Jews charged that Batman Returns was anti-Semitic. The Penguin, they averred, “is not just a deformed man, half human, half-Arctic-beast. He is a Jew, down to his hooked nose, pale face and lust for herring.”