Mila Kunis was targeted by a Ukrainian politician who called her an anti-Semitic slur during a Facebook rant.
The slur, “zhydovka,” has been used in the Ukraine as a slur against Jewish people ever since the Holocaust ended, reports TMZ.
Kunis was born in the Ukraine and is Jewish. The rant by the politician, Igor Miroshnichenko, has caused Jewish organizations around the world to be furious with the Ukrainian government.
There have been several protests by Ukrainian Jews, especially after the Ukrainian government announced the word was okay to use when speaking about Jews because it appears in the Ukrainian dictionary as a term for the people that isn’t exactly a slur.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles has now entered into the fray over the politician targeting Mila Kunis. The Center sent a letter to the Ukraine’s prime minister, to “express our outrage and indignation against the slanders of the Svoboda Party directed against the Jewish community in the Ukraine.”
The Ukrainian term essentially translates into “dirty Jewess” and is essentially a derogatory term against the people, notes MSN Entertainment. Mila Kunis recently spoke out about her early childhood and growing up in the Ukraine, saying:
“My whole family was in the Holocaust. My grandparents passed and not many survived. After the Holocaust, in Russia you were not allowed to be religious. So my parents raised me to know I was Jewish. You know who you are inside. When I was in school you would still see anti-Semitic signs.”
Mila Kunis’ parents moved her and her brother to the US when the actress was seven.