A Jewish human rights organization has fired off a letter to Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov to protest a politician's use of the word "zhydovka" to describe Mila Kunis, who is Jewish and was born in the Ukraine before emigrating to the United States.
According to TMZ, Igor Miroshnichenko had written about Mila in a Facebook post, claiming she wasn't a true Ukrainian because she's a "zhydovka." TMZ posted a copy of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's protest letter, in which rabbis argued the word "zhydovka" translates to "dirty Jewess" and was 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."
As the rabbis continued, "Mila Kunis' family, like many thousands of other Ukrainian Jewish families, left the Ukraine in the first place because of anti-Semitism. Today, she is a respected American actress, who is now owed an apology by the Ukraine."
The Ukrainian government had responded to protests by saying the word "zhydovka" was OK because it appears in their dictionary as a non-derogatory term.