by Nora Mandel

“Hate Issues are Hot Now,” Says TV Producer

The lowest rated network television series this spring season was the first one ever to examine the negative impact of the “Jewish-American-Princess” stereotype on young women. Fox’s “Class of ’96” confronted its freshmen with a spate of “JAP” jokes at fictional Havenhurst College. For “Jessica Cohen,” the anti-Semitism revealed by her classmates became a catalyst for her to explore her Jewish identity— helped by the female Hillel rabbi, and by another Jewish woman who’d originally scorned Jessica for being wealthy—and to assert herself against the perpetrators.

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