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    Grin Races in Science Fiction and Fantasy

    Allegations of parodying JudaismIn the book Religions of Star Trek, Ross S. Kraemer wrote that "Ferengi religion seems almost a parody of traditional Judaism... Critics have pointed out a disturbing correlation between Ferengi attributes (love of profit that overrides communal decency; the large, sexualized head feature, in this case ears) and negative Jewish stereotypes."

    Commentator Jonah Goldberg wrote that Ferengi were portrayed in The Next Generation as "runaway capitalists with bullwhips who looked like a mix between Nazi caricatures of Jews and the original Nosferatu."

    Four of the most notable Ferengi characters, Quark, Nog, Rom and Zek, are played by Jewish actors Armin Shimerman, Aron Eisenberg, Max Grodénchik and Wallace Shawn.

    In the Star Trek: The Next Generation season 6 episode Suspicions, it is mentioned that Ferengi tradition does not allow autopsies to be performed on the body of dead Ferengis. Judaism has a similar tradition, as do Catholicism, Islam and the Maronite Church.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferengi


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    Grin Jar Jar Binks

    Allegations of racial caricatureJoe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal described the character as a "Rastafarian Stepin Fetchit on platform hoofs, crossed annoyingly with Butterfly McQueen."[11] Patricia J. Williams writes that many aspects of Jar Jar's character are highly reminiscent of the archetypes portrayed in blackface minstrelsy,[12] while others have suggested that the character is a "laid-back clown character" representing a black Caribbean stereotype
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jar_Jar_Binks


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    Grin

    Quenya and Sindarin are strongly influenced by Finnish and Welsh,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvish_languages




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    Hmmm... Star Trek is not quite in the same league as Tolkiens efforts with Middle Earth...

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    He is the Jew in the story. ... anti-social, deformed, despicable, betraying, rightly outcast) Jew.
    http://shroudedindoubt.typepad.com/b...s-smeagol.html



    In Jewish folklore, a golem (Hebrew: גולם‎; English pronunciation: /ˈɡoʊləm/ goh-ləm) is an animated anthropomorphic being, created entirely from inanimate matter. The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golem

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    Watto has been criticized for being an apparent anti-Semitic stereotype of Jewish people, due to his sloped nose, accent, stubble, slave-ownership, and greed
    It has been suggested that this character is offensive because he resembles a stereotypical Jewish caricature. He has a large nose, beady eyes, and speaks in a gravelly, Jewish-sounding accent and is portrayed as greedy and covetous, another common stereotype of Jews. J. Hoberman of The Village Voice called him a blatant ethnic stereotype due to his hooked nose.[5] Bruce Gottlieb of Slate magazine criticized him as well, comparing his character to the anti-Semitic notion that the Jewish race is "behind the slave trade."[6] Patricia J. Williams of The Nation stated that Watto was also described as a stereotype of Arabs, but that he was "more comprehensively anti-Semitic -- both anti-Arab and anti-Jew."[7] She added that Watto reminded her of an "anti-Semitic caricature published in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century."[4] Jane Prettyman of the American Review noted that after leaving the theater, she heard two young boys describe him as 'that weird little Jewish guy with wings
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    caricature of Jews using the Gringotts banking goblins. Oversized noses, money handlers, undersized stature, ugly, controlling
    http://www.freak-search.com/en/threa...tts_and_jews/5


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    It's just unfair. As soon as a creative sci-fi author really puts his mind into it and creates an immoral, despicable and disgusting character for his work, some certain minorities will always come complaining because they think that the recognize themselves in it. It's just unfair.

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    Love this thread

    What about planet of the apes? Do the chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans represent "races" or classes?

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    Fagin in Charles Dickens? True he was a Jew in canon but his portrayal was comical not evil, and he was partly inspired by a fictional Italian. This hasn't stopped Jews from accusing Dickens of antisemitic stereotypes.

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