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Published on: May 23, 2010 10:37 PM
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New York, NY - There’s a limit on how much you can insult an ethnic group.  Former prisoners of World War II German concentration camps who belong to the Polish American Congress (PAC) felt CBS-TV went beyond it.

What upset them so much was a mean and nasty wisecrack by one of the actors in the CBS series, Two and a half Men who had the line, “You don’t have to tell me twice.  I’m not a Polack.”

The PAC’s Anti-Bigotry Committee took up the cause of the angry survivors and presented a statement on their behalf to CBS President Leslie Moonves and also to Sumner Redstone, chairman of the board.

In response, a CBS spokesman contacted the PAC’s anti-bias unit and assured it that the offensive segment will be pulled off the CBS replay schedule.

In its protest statement to CBS, the PAC had characterized the slur as “a gratuitous insertion of nonessential material. We and every other Polish American can interpret it only as an attempt to insult our intelligence.”

The PAC also made it clear that those who felt most insulted were survivors of the German concentration camps and were mistreated there by the SS.  They thought CBS was just as racist as the Germans by trying “to depict Polish people as mentally deficient and intellectually inferior.”

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During the Holocaust, “Hitler and his Nazis arrogantly classified Jews, Poles, Gypsies and some others as untermenschen, the German word for subhuman.  Their tormentors treated them accordingly as ‘Polish swine’ or ‘Jewish vermin.’”

The PAC’s committee emphasized, “it is not appropriate for CBS or anyone else in the entertainment industry to portray any people as inferior.  The world cannot forget how Germans once claimed they were a superior people and a master race while, at the same time, declaring Jews and Slavic people like the Poles to be inferior.

“Since both you and Mr. Redstone are Jewish,” the PAC told Mr. Moonves, “we trust we can rely on you not to permit the remnants of this abhorrent and perverse Nazi ideology to worm its way into programs CBS offers.”

After being contacted by CBS spokesman Martin Franks, the chairman of the Anti-Bigotry Committee, Frank Milewski told him that the term “Polack” is just as offensive to Polish Americans as the N-word would be to African Americans. “We refer to it as the P-word,” he said.

Milewski also noted that some of the most effective comedians attribute their success to making fun of themselves instead of someone else.  “It would be nice if CBS took that advice and left us Polish Americans alone.”



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 May 23, 2010 at 10:49 PM Anonymous Says:

These polish-Americans are 100 percent correct. There is too much racial and ethnic stereotyping where yidden are usually the victims. Poles are a proud ethnic community and deserve to be treated with the same respect by the media.

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 May 23, 2010 at 10:56 PM Anonymous Says:

kind of silly to compare the poles under hitler ym"sh to the holocaust, but how angry would we be if they said like this about Yidn on tv

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 May 23, 2010 at 10:57 PM Jackie Mason Says:

I have a friend who is half German and half Polish---he hates the jews, can't remember why

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 May 23, 2010 at 11:36 PM David Says:

Reply to #3  
Jackie Mason Says:

I have a friend who is half German and half Polish---he hates the jews, can't remember why

Well obviously, insensitive people like you are the reason he hates us so.

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 May 23, 2010 at 11:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Polish people are the target of more hateful jokes and insults than any other ethnic group including jews. Hopefully, whoever was resonsible for this will be fired and there will be a zero tolerance atitude towards polish humor.

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 May 24, 2010 at 01:04 AM Anonymous Says:

This CBS show is very vile, the entire premise is how Martin Sheen beds a different woman every week. So if it takes the Poles to get the show off the air, more power to them.

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 May 24, 2010 at 02:51 AM Anonymous Says:

You just can't make jokes anymore because there's always somebody who's gonna be upset. Like the recent lawsuit from a mother-in-law against her comedian daughter-in-law upset about her mother-in-law jokes.

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 May 24, 2010 at 07:39 AM Anonymous Says:

The Poles were generally neutral or helped jews during WWII. A small percentage collaborated with the Nazis and were punished after the war. The polish government today is as supportive of EY as any government in Euorpe. These disgusting polish jokes should be stopped and those who support them should be fined.

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 May 24, 2010 at 09:09 AM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

The Poles were generally neutral or helped jews during WWII. A small percentage collaborated with the Nazis and were punished after the war. The polish government today is as supportive of EY as any government in Euorpe. These disgusting polish jokes should be stopped and those who support them should be fined.

Agreed.

Marshal Pilsudski, a Socialist, was very supportive of Jews during the period between WW1 and WW2 and the Shoah survivors I know who grew up in Poland remember him very favorably. Unfortunately, after his death in 1935 some anti-Semite right wingers took control of the country. And by October 1939 there was no more Poland.

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 May 24, 2010 at 09:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

The Poles were generally neutral or helped jews during WWII. A small percentage collaborated with the Nazis and were punished after the war. The polish government today is as supportive of EY as any government in Euorpe. These disgusting polish jokes should be stopped and those who support them should be fined.

What Poles are you talking about? The Poles from Poland were the worse kind of anti-semites. Regardless of that, racial or ethnic humor should not be tolerated.

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 May 24, 2010 at 10:05 AM All wet Says:

No. 10 and No. 11: You are so hopelessly wrong, that one may honestly wonder where you've been hiding. Suffice it to say, that if you don't know by now, you'll never know.
Speak to the few survivors. Speak to anybody who lived there pre-war. You'll begin to get an inkling of the extent of the murderous hatred that was aimed at the Jews of pre-war Poland by the vast majority of their neighbors. (To use Pilsudski as a sample of all Poles, is a sad distortion of history).

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 May 24, 2010 at 10:22 AM Aron Says:

Granted, the "witty remark" on "Two-and-a-half men (and Zero Brains)" was ill advised and quite offensive to all decent people in general, and those of Polish descent in particular. The comparison to the "N-word" and its affensiveness for African-Americans is quite appropriate.
However, when the Polish American Congress started focusing on @olish World War 2 survivors, Germans, Jews, Holocaust, etc. my eyes started rolling and glazing over at the same time. This is a classic case of over-reaching, or as say in yeshiva: "kol hamosef - goraya" (whoever adds - subtracts). The "joke" is offensive now because it offends all of us NOW. Is PAC implying that in a few years, when there won't be any Polish World War 2 survivors to offend, that it will be "okay" to make such "jokes"?

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 May 24, 2010 at 10:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

The Poles were generally neutral or helped jews during WWII. A small percentage collaborated with the Nazis and were punished after the war. The polish government today is as supportive of EY as any government in Euorpe. These disgusting polish jokes should be stopped and those who support them should be fined.

The Poles were generally neutral or helped jews during WWII

Come again? The nazis planted the death camps in Poland because they knew the Poles wouldn't be bothered by them. They would also jeer the Yidden as they were marched off.

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 May 24, 2010 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
All wet Says:

No. 10 and No. 11: You are so hopelessly wrong, that one may honestly wonder where you've been hiding. Suffice it to say, that if you don't know by now, you'll never know.
Speak to the few survivors. Speak to anybody who lived there pre-war. You'll begin to get an inkling of the extent of the murderous hatred that was aimed at the Jews of pre-war Poland by the vast majority of their neighbors. (To use Pilsudski as a sample of all Poles, is a sad distortion of history).

Re; to NO 11. First get your facts and then you post .

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 May 24, 2010 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
All wet Says:

No. 10 and No. 11: You are so hopelessly wrong, that one may honestly wonder where you've been hiding. Suffice it to say, that if you don't know by now, you'll never know.
Speak to the few survivors. Speak to anybody who lived there pre-war. You'll begin to get an inkling of the extent of the murderous hatred that was aimed at the Jews of pre-war Poland by the vast majority of their neighbors. (To use Pilsudski as a sample of all Poles, is a sad distortion of history).

No.11 has not been hiding . He is very open,albeit very ignorant .

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 May 24, 2010 at 01:42 PM Anonymous Says:

NO. 11. You should apologise to the very few Jewish - Polish survivors .

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 May 24, 2010 at 02:23 PM The Truth Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

This CBS show is very vile, the entire premise is how Martin Sheen beds a different woman every week. So if it takes the Poles to get the show off the air, more power to them.

Its the same or tamer than most American TV shows - it just reflects the unfortunate current "normal" behavior of Americans.

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 May 24, 2010 at 02:25 PM a leprechaun Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

This CBS show is very vile, the entire premise is how Martin Sheen beds a different woman every week. So if it takes the Poles to get the show off the air, more power to them.

Just call them Irish - they wouldn't know any better!

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 May 24, 2010 at 03:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

This CBS show is very vile, the entire premise is how Martin Sheen beds a different woman every week. So if it takes the Poles to get the show off the air, more power to them.

Charlie Sheen, not Martin. You're confusing the prost son with his father.

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 May 24, 2010 at 04:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Charlie Hall Says:

Agreed.

Marshal Pilsudski, a Socialist, was very supportive of Jews during the period between WW1 and WW2 and the Shoah survivors I know who grew up in Poland remember him very favorably. Unfortunately, after his death in 1935 some anti-Semite right wingers took control of the country. And by October 1939 there was no more Poland.

Charlie. Face the VIN ,Admit that you blew it .

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 May 24, 2010 at 04:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Aron Says:

Granted, the "witty remark" on "Two-and-a-half men (and Zero Brains)" was ill advised and quite offensive to all decent people in general, and those of Polish descent in particular. The comparison to the "N-word" and its affensiveness for African-Americans is quite appropriate.
However, when the Polish American Congress started focusing on @olish World War 2 survivors, Germans, Jews, Holocaust, etc. my eyes started rolling and glazing over at the same time. This is a classic case of over-reaching, or as say in yeshiva: "kol hamosef - goraya" (whoever adds - subtracts). The "joke" is offensive now because it offends all of us NOW. Is PAC implying that in a few years, when there won't be any Polish World War 2 survivors to offend, that it will be "okay" to make such "jokes"?

Granted , I agree with your analysis overall , however to assume that " in a few years,when there won't be any Polish WW2 survivors " is presumptuous at the least .

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 May 24, 2010 at 05:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

Granted , I agree with your analysis overall , however to assume that " in a few years,when there won't be any Polish WW2 survivors " is presumptuous at the least .

Amen . Wishing you Survivors many healthy and successful years .

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 May 24, 2010 at 05:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Charlie Hall : have you lost your voice ?

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 May 24, 2010 at 07:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #25  
Anonymous Says:

Charlie Hall : have you lost your voice ?

No ,Charlie Hall has not lost his voice . He is just busy reviewing Polish -Jewish History .

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 May 24, 2010 at 07:36 PM Aron Says:

Granted, the "witty remark" on "Two-and-a-half men (and Zero Brains)" was ill advised and quite offensive to all decent people in general, and those of Polish descent in particular. The comparison to the "N-word" and its affensiveness for African-Americans is quite appropriate.
However, when the Polish American Congress started focusing on @olish World War 2 survivors, Germans, Jews, Holocaust, etc. my eyes started rolling and glazing over at the same time. This is a classic case of over-reaching, or as say in yeshiva: "kol hamosef - goraya" (whoever adds - subtracts). The "joke" is offensive now because it offends all of us NOW. Is PAC implying that in a few years, when there won't be any Polish World War 2 survivors to offend, that it will be "okay" to make such "jokes"?

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 May 24, 2010 at 08:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Aron Says:

Granted, the "witty remark" on "Two-and-a-half men (and Zero Brains)" was ill advised and quite offensive to all decent people in general, and those of Polish descent in particular. The comparison to the "N-word" and its affensiveness for African-Americans is quite appropriate.
However, when the Polish American Congress started focusing on @olish World War 2 survivors, Germans, Jews, Holocaust, etc. my eyes started rolling and glazing over at the same time. This is a classic case of over-reaching, or as say in yeshiva: "kol hamosef - goraya" (whoever adds - subtracts). The "joke" is offensive now because it offends all of us NOW. Is PAC implying that in a few years, when there won't be any Polish World War 2 survivors to offend, that it will be "okay" to make such "jokes"?

It sounded better the first time .

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 May 24, 2010 at 08:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Aron Says:

Granted, the "witty remark" on "Two-and-a-half men (and Zero Brains)" was ill advised and quite offensive to all decent people in general, and those of Polish descent in particular. The comparison to the "N-word" and its affensiveness for African-Americans is quite appropriate.
However, when the Polish American Congress started focusing on @olish World War 2 survivors, Germans, Jews, Holocaust, etc. my eyes started rolling and glazing over at the same time. This is a classic case of over-reaching, or as say in yeshiva: "kol hamosef - goraya" (whoever adds - subtracts). The "joke" is offensive now because it offends all of us NOW. Is PAC implying that in a few years, when there won't be any Polish World War 2 survivors to offend, that it will be "okay" to make such "jokes"?

Echod hamaarbeh v'echod hamaamit .....

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 May 24, 2010 at 09:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

The Poles were generally neutral or helped jews during WWII. A small percentage collaborated with the Nazis and were punished after the war. The polish government today is as supportive of EY as any government in Euorpe. These disgusting polish jokes should be stopped and those who support them should be fined.

My grandparents were Polish and then spent five years in various concentration camps. Growing up, I don't remember a single Shabbos seudah spent with my grandfather when he didn't make a "Polak joke" . . . He hated the Poles almost as much as he hated the Nazis, ym"sh, who murdered more than half his family. The Poles were, at best, indifferent, but more often, hateful and cruel.

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 May 24, 2010 at 10:18 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #13  
All wet Says:

No. 10 and No. 11: You are so hopelessly wrong, that one may honestly wonder where you've been hiding. Suffice it to say, that if you don't know by now, you'll never know.
Speak to the few survivors. Speak to anybody who lived there pre-war. You'll begin to get an inkling of the extent of the murderous hatred that was aimed at the Jews of pre-war Poland by the vast majority of their neighbors. (To use Pilsudski as a sample of all Poles, is a sad distortion of history).

I did speak to them and they say that Poland was a great place to be a Jew until 1935.

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 May 25, 2010 at 03:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

The Poles were generally neutral or helped jews during WWII. A small percentage collaborated with the Nazis and were punished after the war. The polish government today is as supportive of EY as any government in Euorpe. These disgusting polish jokes should be stopped and those who support them should be fined.

What rock did you crawl out from under? The Polacks are the biggest anti-semites that HaShem put on this earth. You are so mistaken regarding WWII it was a vast majority of Polacks that collaborated with the German's Y'MS and a very small minority that assited Yidden in staying alive. Please don't forget about the Kielce pogrom which occured AFTER the war when residents of my home town went back and were herded like cattle and then shot by these very same Polacks. Their only crime, they were the rements of a once vibrant Jewish community who returned to see if they could salvage something and what did they get? They got MURDERED by these bastards that you call "neutral" IF Poland disapeared from the face of the earth there would be no great loss. A polack is a born anti-semite and their kind should be erased for all time. HaShem Yirachamin please enlighten this ignorant soul.

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 May 25, 2010 at 03:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
Charlie Hall Says:

Agreed.

Marshal Pilsudski, a Socialist, was very supportive of Jews during the period between WW1 and WW2 and the Shoah survivors I know who grew up in Poland remember him very favorably. Unfortunately, after his death in 1935 some anti-Semite right wingers took control of the country. And by October 1939 there was no more Poland.

Pilsudski was an anomoly and certainly not representative of the endemic hatered of Jews which was the norm in Poland for centuries, Brush up on your history, and see the harsh treatment Yidden received at the hands of the Poritz and the government, but nothing like the hatred espoused by the galuichm in the catholic church and how they incited their parishoners against the Jews.

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 May 25, 2010 at 05:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #31  
Charlie Hall Says:

I did speak to them and they say that Poland was a great place to be a Jew until 1935.

So was Germany .

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