'Black Swan' actress Mila Kunis has unwittingly become the subject of a furious row over anti-semitism, which was sparked by a Ukranian MP using a word claimed to be a Nazi era slur against the star.
Ukranian politician Igor Miroschnichenko named Kunis, who's dating fellow star Ashton Kutcher, in a Facebook rant, calling her a "zhydovka", a word which reportedly translates as "dirty Jewess". In the rant he also says that she cannot be considered a real Ukranian.
Kunis has stated in interviews that she's proud of her Ukranian Jewish heritage, telling The Sun earlier this year: “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.”
According to TMZ, it has been argued in the country that the word is merely another word for Jew, but the context of the MP's rant would suggest something rather different.
In a letter to Ukranian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper said the word was an, "insidious slur invoked by Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them."
The letter, a protest from the world renowned Simon Wiesenthal Centre, goes on to explain how Kunis' family left the country to leave behind anti-Semitism, settling in the US when the actress was seven.
Kunis' reps have been contacted for comment, but are yet to get back to us on the matter.