Peter Mehlman was one of those responsible for the hilarity around the hit television show “Seinfeld.” When the news came out that alt-right king Steve Bannon was making a small fortune off of the show’s reruns, he was disgusted.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the former “Seinfeld” producer couldn’t believe that a “raging antisemite” could have made “all this money off a show that’s associated with Jewish humor.” Mehlman said the whole thing is “pretty galling.”
Bannon reportedly holds a smart investment in the show’s production company, Castle Rock. Bannon & Co. assisted in helping Castle Rock get some capital from Westinghouse Electric, The Daily Beast reported last month. Westinghouse ended up with a 15 percent stake in the company and Bannon got a small piece out of the deal as well. In the end, Bannon scores serious cash from Jewish, Hollywood, liberals each time anything from “Seinfeld” to “When Harry Met Sally” runs on television.
Those reruns are making serious cash too and even Bannon’s half a percent “makes you pretty wealthy,” Mehlman explained.
“He made a ton of money. It was a smart decision,” Mehlman continued. “It doesn’t make him any less miserable as a human being.”
Bannon, by the way, rejects any claim that he’s anti-semitic, rather he simply profits from manipulating those who are. But Mehlman thinks that there is more than enough evidence to label Bannon as anti-Jewish.
Most of those involved with “Seinfeld” have been mum on the Bannon and Trump connection with the exception of Julia Louis-Dryfus and Jason Alexander, both of whom mocked Trump for his claim that the Emmys were rigged. Following the election, Alexander tweeted an apology. “Sorry, world. Pray for us,” he wrote.
Yet, despite the anger that people feel toward Bannon a boycott hasn’t yet manifested. “It’s a tribute to the strength of the show,” Mehlman concluded. “It’s not like anyone’s saying let’s boycott Seinfeld or stop watching the reruns. I think if [Osama] bin-Laden had said he was a fan people wouldn’t be upset.”