There are Soup Nazis and then there are “neo-Nazis” whose faces just happen to resemble a bowl of clam chowder, and the beloved 90s sitcom Seinfeld had ties to them both.
Much like the fetid cheese ball to which he has recently pledged fealty, former executive chair of Breitbart News Steve Bannon has amassed various financial investments in the entertainment industry (Andrew Beitbart once tenderly referred to him as the Tea Party’s Leni Riefenstahl”). One such investment was his early bankrolling of Seinfeld, on which he reportedly still collects royalties.
Bannon is really good at the ruthless acquisition of money and influence, but TV writers have their own special power: detecting irony (ruthlessly). Peter Mehlman, a writer and producer on Seinfeld, told The Guardian on Friday that he’s infuriated that Bannon, whom he refers to as a “raging antisemite” has made, “all this money off a show that’s associated with Jewish humor—that’s pretty galling.”