Show Business: That's Entertainment?

When the movie version of Jesus Christ Superstar opened in New York City this month, Jewish organizations were outraged. Most outspoken was the American Jewish Committee. The committee's watchdog for anti-Semitism in Christian materials, Presbyterian Gerald Strober, called the film "much worse" than the play. For one thing, said Strober, the mob at Jesus' trial is specifically labeled as "you Jews" in the film script. And as on the stage, the Jewish high priests are deep-dyed villains.

Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, interreligious affairs director for the committee, conceded that the "Christ killer" image of the...

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