Mila Kunis Targeted By Ukrainian Prime Minister In Anti-Semitic Rant

By O'Jay Burgess on Dec 21, 2012 10:54 AM EST

Popular actress Mila Kunis is at the center of controversy as she was targeted by an Ukrainian politician who racially attacked her in a Facebook rant.

TMZ reported, that Igor Miroshnichenko used Anti-semitic language on a Facebook rant towards the actress. Kunis, who was born in the Ukraine and is Jewish, was called a "zhydovka" by the politician. The word, according to some, is as a derogatory term in the Ukraine.

Miroshnichenko claims Kunis was not a real Ukrainian and used the Anti-semitic slur because, after protests by Ukrainian Jews, the Ukrainian government announced the word was OK. He said the word appears in the Ukrainian dictionary as a term for a Jew that isn't necessarily a slur. 

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in L.A has leapt to Kunis' defense. The organization has sent a letter to the Prime Minister to "express our outrage and indignation against the slanders of the Svoboda Party directed against the Jewish community in the Ukraine."

According to TMZ, in the letter, Rabbi Marvin Hier explains the term "zhydovka" translates to "dirty Jewess"  and was used as an "insidious slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps."

The organization called out the Ukrainian official and has asked him to "publicly condemn this attack and to take measures to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy," according to TMZ.

So far Kunis has remained tight-lipped about the issue.

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