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Mayim Bialik Defends Herself Against Backlash for Talking About Her Faith: 'It's Public Whether I Like It or Not!'

Mayim Bialik Hits Back at Critics Who Slammed Her for Talking About 'Private Matter' of Her Faith: 'It's Public Whether I Like It or Not!'

Originally posted 08/26/2015 11:40AM

Mayim Bialik isn't backing down.

The Emmy-nominated Big Bang Theory star took to Facebook to defend herself after receiving backlash for an interview she gave Fox 411 last week, in which she said it wasn't "trendy" to be religious in Hollywood.

"To the man who admonished me for discussing religion bc its 'supposed to be a private matter': it is private until Fox news asks you about it because you're on a TV show," she wrote on Tuesday morning. "And also, I'm Jewish. It's not just about my religion. It's my ethnic and peoplehood. It's public whether I like it or not!"

Bialik told PEOPLE on Monday that she didn't see her comments to Fox 411 as "a negative thing."

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Mayim Bialik on Her Jewish Faith Not Being 'Trendy' in Hollywood: 'I've Gotten a Lot of Negative Attention for Visiting Israel'

Mayim Bialik on Her Jewish Faith Not Being 'Trendy' in Hollywood: 'I've Gotten a Lot of Negative Attention for Visiting Israel'

Originally posted 08/24/2015 03:35PM

Mayim Bialik says it's hard to be religious in Hollywood.

"I think in general it's never going to be trendy to be observant or religious in Hollywood circles," Bialik told Fox 411 in an interview published Friday.

Bialik, 39, is of the Jewish faith and opened up about some serious backlash she received after a recent trip to Israel.

"I've gotten a lot of negative attention for visiting Israel," she said, recalling a visit to a friend in the Israel Defense Forces. "That's what amazing. … Simply by going to Israel this summer and saying nothing more than, 'I've gone to Israel,' I got the same amount of hatred and threats and anti-Semitism for actually making a statement trying to support people [who] whether I like it or not are serving in an army."

"That reveals the truth," she continued. "It really doesn't matter what I support or believe; the fact that I'm Jewish and go there is enough – that should be alarming to most people."

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Read Mayim Bialik's Heartbreaking Message About Her Late Father

Mayim Bialik's Father Has Died: Big Bang Theory Star Is Deeply Mourning Her 'Abba'

Originally posted 04/21/2015 02:15PM

Mayim Bialik's beloved father, Barry Bialik, has died.

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The Big Bang Theory: Look Who Visited Sheldon and Amy

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The Big Bang Theory: Look Who Visited Sheldon and Amy

Originally posted 03/16/2015 02:15PM

Look who got to geek out with Sheldon and Amy?

Retired Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly recently stopped by the set of The Big Bang Theory. The couple were there as fans, not guest stars, and they got to snap a shot with cast members Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper) and Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler).

"What an honor and privilege to meet @gabbygiffords on set with @therealjimparsons," Bialik posted on Instagram. "What a woman she is. Wow."

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What Made The Big Bang Theory Star Mayim Bialik Cry?

What Made The Big Bang Theory Star Mayim Bialik Cry?

Originally posted 12/04/2014 09:15PM

Mayim Bialik stars in CBS's hit series, The Big Bang Theory but the 39-year-old actor doesn't even own a TV. She admits she still gets starstruck, gets sentimental about her two young sons, and a few other things when he chatted with PEOPLE this week about "one last thing" ...

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Mayim Bialik Doesn't Like Frozen, Isn't Afraid to Tell You Why | Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik Doesn't Like Frozen, Isn't Afraid to Tell You Why

Originally posted 09/22/2014 04:45PM

Give credit to Mayim Bialik: She has the courage to take a controversial stance that challenges the deeply held beliefs of many Americans.

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12 Pieces of Appropriately Geeky Big Bang Theory Trivia | The Big Bang Theory, The Big Bang Theory, The Big Bang Theory

UpdatePosted 09/17/2014 04:15PM

12 Pieces of Appropriately Geeky Big Bang Theory Trivia

Originally posted 09/17/2014 02:35PM

The cast of The Big Bang Theory is on the cover of PEOPLE this week (on newsstands Friday), and as the show enters its eighth season (it's been renewed through season 10), we've gathered some handy trivia to pull out at viewing parties, Comic-Cons, or anywhere BBT fans may assemble. Use it wisely.

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How the Stars of The Big Bang Theory Forged Incredible Friendships | The Big Bang Theory

How the Stars of The Big Bang Theory Forged Incredible Friendships

Originally posted 09/17/2014 08:00AM

They're on the biggest show on TV, but the stars of The Big Bang Theory say neither fame nor their new, http://www.people.com/article/big-bang-theory-salary-negotiation-kaley-cuoco have changed them.

"Everybody's got their feet on the ground, so it doesn't feel that much different than day one," star Simon Helberg, 33, tells PEOPLE in its new issue, on newsstands Friday.

What began as a series about four lovable brainiacs and the women who love them has blown up into the most popular sitcom on television today, but the show's stars, along with Helberg – Johnny Galecki, 39; Jim Parsons, 41; Kaley Cuoco, 28; Kunal Nayyar, 33; Mayim Bialik, 38; and Melissa Rauch, 34 – say they aim to stay as normal as possible.

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Why The Big Bang Theory Should Win an Emmy | The Big Bang Theory, The Big Bang Theory, The Big Bang Theory

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Why The Big Bang Theory Should Win an Emmy

Originally posted 08/24/2014 05:50PM

With apologies to Modern Family, it's time for the Pritchett-Dunphy clan to step aside.

There's a reason why The Big Bang Theory – which is nominated for outstanding comedy series – is the most-watched comedy for four years running: the stars are revered, the jokes are ample, and Sheldon's wardrobe of superhero T-shirts make us wish we could all do our clothes shopping at San Diego Comic-Con.

But enough with limiting the accolades to Jim Parsons, Emmy voters; though we can't deny his comedic chops, his irresistibly fussy Sheldon isn't the only reason for the show's overwhelming success.

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Big Bang Theory Actors Set to Earn $1 Million an Episode

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Big Bang Theory Actors Set to Earn $1 Million an Episode

Originally posted 08/04/2014 02:30PM

Look who's like Friends in more ways than one.

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