Whatever happened to the much vaunted Jewish sense of humour?
Over sensitivity to jokes involving Jews reached a peak a few months ago in New York when a company advertising its Vodka was forced to remove this billboard advertisment:
I think it’s witty, clever and gently amusing.
The New York Regional Director of the Anti Defamation League, Ron Meier, didn’t agree. He is quoted as saying: “To use the Jewish Holiday in dealing with issues of money is clearly insensitive and inappropriate.” He obviously hasn’t heard of “Hanukkah Gelt.” Due to pressure from him, and other organisations, the billboards were taken down in less than 24 hours.
Brian Gordon, the advertisement designer, who also happens to be Jewish, said: “We thought people would perceive it as ha ha quirky.” Well, I do – but that’s me. Sometimes I think we Jews are just too damn thin skinned. After all, between ourselves we tell many jokes against ourselves, and make fun of real or imagined Jewish traits. We just get so uptight if non-Jews tell the same jokes.
Were it not for racial or ethnic jokes about Jews, Blacks ,Poles, Irish, Italians and maybe half the peoples of the world, where would stand up comedians get their material? One of the most successful films and shows of recent times was “The Producers.” Not only does it highlight the dishonest actions of two Jewish characters, but the musical , within the plot, features the classical number “Springtime for Hitler“ which pokes fun at Nazism and World War Two, in a song and dance routine. Of course, there have been complaints that this trivialises the suffering and tarnishes the memory of the dead. Is parody only acceptable if it doesn’t involve Jews?
Anyway, this particular billboard thing happened last November, so why am I mentioning it now? It’s only because the same company previously attracted a lot of media coverage with this gem:
Given the recent obsession of certain members of the Knesset with the evils of prostitution, I am just waiting for the posting of defamatory billboards to be added to the list of criminal activities.
Andyboy – Telling it as it is!
Do YOU think this is funny?
- ‘Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing’ Vodka Billboard Stirs Outrage (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- To My Fellow Jews: Lighten The F*** Up (crazyjew.wordpress.com)
- ‘Crude and Offensive’ Anti-Semitic Vodka Billboard Removed in New York (foxnews.com)