Movies, music, books… ‘Tis the season for top 10 lists. And the Simon Wiesenthal Center has jumped in the ring with its own: The “2010 Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs.”
Former UPI White House bureau chief Helen Thomas topped the chart with her infamous, on-camera “Jews should get the hell out of Palestine” quote, which ended up tanking her 57-year career. Oliver Stone nabbed the No. 2 spot with deep thoughts about Hitler as “an easy scapegoat throughout history” who “did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people.” And while other familiar faces round out the roster — including former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohammed, German Central Bank exec Thilo Sarrazin, and ex-CNN loudmouth Rick Sanchez — the list is anchored not by a person, but by social networks like Facebook (home of pages like “Kill a Jew Year”), Yahoo! Finance message boards (“Burn all the Jews up”) and Twitter (“Dropping bows on Jew nose, throwin cracks at wetbacks”).
“Oddly, the quotes and labels don’t include the repercussions of the remarks — good or bad,” writes religion reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman on her USA Today Faith and Reason blog. “Since the point of the list is to show anti-Semitism is harmful, and all the Top Ten listed made headlines at the time the comments were made, is it worthwhile to include a followup?”