“Downton Abbey” to become a propaganda vehicle?

While browsing the PBS website reading up on the characters of Downton Abbey, I recently found the following: “Cora is the beautiful daughter of Isidore Levinson, a dry goods multi-millionaire from Cincinnati. She arrived in England with her mother in 1888…”  See here.

My first thought was why, when nothing has been revealed about Lady Cora’s background so far other than that she is American; she certainly doesn’t look Jewish.

My second thought was that if this character is in fact Jewish, then so are her three daughters and any offspring they may produce, thus providing a myriad of opportunities for this massively popular series to become a vehicle to propound Jewish viewpoints and interests, in all likelihood with the intent of further demeaning White Europeans, their culture, heritage, and identity.

We will certainly find out in just a few months when the third series is released, as further research revealed that “(Shirley) MacLaine will play the newly created character Martha Levinson, the mother of Lady Grantham…  Gareth Neame, managing editor for Carnival Films, promised that the Levinson character will be “a wonderful combatant for Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess,” adding, “we are excited at the prospect of Shirley MacLaine playing her.”  See here.

According to Wikipedia, “Neame originally proposed the idea for the drama to its writer Julian Fellowes and has Executive Produced all episodes of the show…”

I have no idea of Mr. Neame’s background, but I fear we may soon find this wonderful period piece being used as a potentially devastating weapon against us.  The otherwise excellent “Foyle’s War” is shamelessly used as a propaganda vehicle, and has been from the beginning.  Then again, it is set during World War II; Downton Abbey may (or may not) need to progress another two or three decades before it can come fully into play, if such a use is indeed intended for it.  It has already covered from 1912 to 1920 in the two series produced so far.

I like Downton Abbey very much, and have eagerly awaited each episode so far.  I really hope that I am wrong in my suspicions.

Jeff Goodall.

See my post “Downton Abbey: A rare treat indeed” (February 6th, 2011) here.