Jon Stewart insists JK Rowling criticism was a ‘joke,’ tells fake news media to ‘get a f***ing grip!’

Stewart’s joke was construed as accusing the Harry Potter movies of anti-Semitism, but the famed comedian has categorically rejected the claim

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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 file photo, writer J.K. Rowling poses for the media at the world premiere of the film "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, file)

Jon Stewart has categorically refuted claims made by certain media outlets that he has accused J.K. Rowling of anti-Semitism, insisting comments made during a recent podcast were light-hearted and not intended to be taken seriously.

In a December podcast entitled “The Problem with Goblins: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & Jews,” Stewart said:

“Here’s how you know Jews are still where they are. … Talking to people, here’s what I say: Have you ever seen a Harry Potter movie? … Have you ever seen the scenes in Gringotts Bank? … Do you know what those folks who run the bank are? … Jews!”

Following the unearthing of the comments, several media outlets ran stories reporting that Stewart had accused J.K Rowling of anti-Semitism, an accusation Stewart vehemently denies.

On Jan. 4, U.S. media site Newsweek published a headline which read: “Jon Stewart accuses J.K. Rowling of antisemitism in ‘Harry Potter,” a title the former Daily Show host took issue with in a video posted on his social media to clarify his remarks.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“There is no reasonable person that could have watched it and not seen it as a light-hearted conversation among colleagues and chums, having a laugh, enjoying ourselves about Harry Potter,” Stewart told his followers.

On the podcast itself, the U.S. comedian said: “We did that a month ago, so, like two COVID mutations ago. This morning I wake up, it’s trending on Twitter…”

In a close-up to the camera, Stewart outlined his position in no uncertain terms: “I do not think J.K. Rowling is anti-Semitic. I did not accuse her of being anti-Semitic. I do not think the Harry Potter movies are anti-Semitic.

“I don’t want the Harry Potter movies censored in any way. It was a lighthearted conversation. Get a fucking grip!”

Newsweek’s headline from the two-day-old article remains unchanged at the time of writing.

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