David Baddiel on his Jewishness, antisemitism, and why Jews need a rebrand



In this episode...

Few people have done as much to expose the rising fashionability of antisemitism in the progressive world as comedian, author, screenwriter, and television presenter-turned-activist, David Baddiel.

In this important episode, Karen sits down with David to unpack why antisemitism isn’t considered to be as unacceptable as other forms of discrimination (even among those who are vocal in their support of other minorities), and what we can do about it.

Along the way, they cover why antisemitism is the racism that sneaks past you, the secret of Jewish humor, raising proud Jewish children in an interfaith family, why Jews need a rebrand and so much more.


You’ll find out:

  • Why there’s a double standard when it comes to Jews in today’s progressive world
  • How David got to be the expert on Jews not counting
  • Why the stereotypes about Jews and money are so harmful
  • What Judaism means to David as an atheist – and why his new book on atheism, The God Desire, is actually very Jewish
  • Why antisemitism is racism, not religious intolerance
  • Where the perception that Jews are uncool comes from
  • How his standup background helps him make difficult topics accessible
  • Why Jews don’t fit neatly into the victimizer/victimized paradigm

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Episode Guests...

David Baddiel

David Baddiel is an author, comedian and screenwriter. He has written and performed in a series of highly successful TV comedy shows, including The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned. He is the author of four novels as well as six books for children which have sold over 1 million copies. His bestselling polemic 'Jews Don’t Count' was The Sunday Times Politics and Current Affairs Book of the Year in 2021. He lives in London.

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