Mila Kunis has been targeted in an anti-Semitic rant by a politician in her native Ukraine.
According to gossip website TMZ.com, Jewish organizations around the globe are furious that Igor Miroshnichenko said Mila Kunis, 29, was not a true Ukrainian and called her a “zhydovka”.
The statement translates as “dirty Jewess” and is reportedly a derogatory word against Jewish people that was used during the Holocaust, TMZ said.
Protests have broken out in recent days after the Ukrainian Justice Ministry ruled that using the term to describe a Jewish person was legal, turning back a petition demanding that the offensive word be banned from the public sphere.
Mila Kunis has yet to respond to the politician’s remarks.
The actress opened up about her early childhood growing up in the Ukraine earlier this year.
She said: “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. When I was in school you would still see anti-Semitic signs.
“One of my friends who grew up in Russia, she was in second grade. She came home one day crying. Her mother asked why and she said on the back of her seat there was a swastika.
“This is a country that obviously does not want you.”
When Mila Kunis was 7, her parents Mark, a mechanical engineer, and mum Elvira, a physics teacher, decided to move to the US with Mila and her brother Michael.