COMEDIAN David Baddiel last night tweeted "every Jew noticed" as Jeremy Corbyn mispronounced Jeffrey Epstein's name.
The English novelist shared a tweet during the ITV debate that questioned: "does calling him "EpSHtein" make him sound more Jewish?"
Epstein is normally pronounced as it is written, while critics said Corbyn used a "Germanic twist".
One person on Twitter said: "(Corbyn) mispronounced it 'Ep-SHTEIN' with the goal of otherising a Jewish name as much as possible – making Jews seem different."
And Baddiel, who is Jewish, later said Corbyn's pronunciation of the disgraced paedo financier's name felt "weird and tin-eared" – adding "every Jew noticed".
He added: "Meanwhile it is simply the case that that pronunciation felt uncomfortable to Jewish ears, as 100s of similar responses prove."
Corbyn's pronunciation of Epstein – who was Jewish – comes after the leader has faced accusations of failing to deal with anti-Semitism in the Labour party.
Others hit out on Twitter, with one writing: "Why did Corbyn pronounce Epstein 'Epshtein' in last nights debate ? My guess is he wanted to emphasise the fact Epstein was Jewish."
Anotehr said: "Corbyn tried to emphasise aliens. He otherised Jews. Again."
But others defended the Labour leader, with one writing: "Corbyn used the German pronunciation and it's seems Epstein is of German origin, so it doesn't seem unreasonable to pronounce it that way."
Corbyn was met with criticism for the mispronunciation when he and Boris Johnson were both asked "is Prince Andrew fit for purpose?" during the ITV debate.
The Labour leader then replied: "Before we discuss Prince Andrew, I think we should discuss the victims that are there because of what Epstein was doing.
"I think there are very, very serious questions that must be answered and nobody should be above the law."
And he added: "I have taken action in my party where anyone has committed any antisemitic act or made antisemitic statements."
He then claimed offenders had been "either suspended or expelled from the party" – adding: "we have investigated every single case."
The party leaders went head-to-head in their first televised debate last night, with Boris Johnson narrowly winning.
A snap poll said some 51 per cent of Britons believe Boris won the debate, while 49 per cent believe Corbyn won.
The highlights of the TV debate
- NEVER FOR SALE
Boris: "Under no circumstances whatsoever would any Conservative government put the NHS on the table! Our NHS will never be for sale."
The furious PM raged at the leftie boss and insisted he was never putting the NHS at risk.
- FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP
The PM accused Jeremy Corbyn of a failure of leadership over anti-Semitism and said he had been a "complete failure" to handle the issue.
The audience laughed as Mr Corbyn claimed to tackle anti-Jew hate in the party
- MAGIC MONEY TREES
Host Julie Etchingham jokingly asked: "Have you found a magic money tree, Mr Johnson?
"Have you found more than one of them, Mr Corbyn?"
Johnson then jumped in, saying: "A money forest he's got."
Corbyn was booed by the audience when he said the monarchy "needs a bit of improvement".
- UNION BREAK UP
Asked if the union more important than Brexit, yes or no, Mr Corbyn responded: "Our country is obviously very very important and we have to bring this business to a close."Mr Johnson answered: "The union is of course the most important thing. And it’s a fantastic thing."
The PM repeatedly pushed Corbyn to say whether he would back his own Brexit deal in the bruising clash ahead of the December 12 poll.
But Mr Corbyn dodged questions several times – from both the PM and host Julie Etchingham – on how he would campaign in a second referendum.
Last night's clash was the first time since 2015 that both Labour and Tory leaders have taken part in a one-on-one TV debate like this.
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