Joke on 2Broke Girls with Anti-Semitic Overtones?

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    jacobp

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    I've hesitated writing this note because i am not one to complain or want to do anything to censor TV shows or comedy, but a joke that was on the most recent (I believe) episode of 2 Broke Girls really got under my skin.

    The two girls were in Goodwill, when the blond found some shoes she liked. They were marked with a $8 price tag. When they got to the checkout register, she commented that she thought the shoes were overpriced. After some banter, the cashier said she could reduce the price to $6. The other "broke" girl then remarked "I cannot believe you just 'shoed' her down."

    Of course, this is only funny because it is a play on the very anti-semitic notion of someone "jewing" down someone in a price negotiation.

    I thought the comment was offensive and just wanted to share this with the rest ofyou in case you didn't see this.
     
  2. Oct 7, 2011 #2 of 50
    Frylock

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    I can see where you are coming from, but I don't think it was really meant as an anti-semitic remark. If she had said "I cannot believe you just 'jewed' her down", then yes, I would agree. I think by using the 'shoed' term, they were trying to make a joke, by NOT being anti-semitic. Was it the best joke? No. Do I think it was meant to be anti-semitic? No.
     
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    Jon J

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    You had to be looking really, really hard for something to be offended about to take that as offensive.
     
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    dswallow

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    Jokes play on stereotypes. I think the real problem here is the writers apparently felt the need to be PC by not saying "jewed" and instead chose a rhyming word like "shoed", this telling everyone listening "yes, we meant jewed, but we feel we can't say 'jewed' in prime time on network television so we'll say 'shoed' instead and wink wink nudge nudge, you know what we meant."

    Either stick with the joke in all its glory, or find something else to say.
     
  5. Oct 7, 2011 #5 of 50
    Ment

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    Seeing as Kat Dennings is Jewish, I thought that was a good line. Did they make fun with a stereotype, yes. Was it done in an offensive way, no.
     
  6. Oct 7, 2011 #6 of 50
    Steveknj

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    I agree. It's kind of like saying to an African American, he's just a "trigger" (when wink wink, you know what he actually meant but can't say it). I'm sure the writers thought it was cute.

    I don't know the background of the writers, but when I first moved to Arizona in 1980, I worked in a pizza restaurant when I was in school. My boss was dating a Jewish girl and they had a conversation about something he bought and in passing he said, well when he told me the price, I just jewed him down and got it cheaper. The look on his girlfriend's face said it all. He said, did I say something wrong? And she said, you don't even realize what you said do you? Well it turned out, he'd been using that expression all his life and never even realized that what he said was offensive. Somehow though, the writers must have known, otherwise they would have used the actual expression.
     
  7. Oct 7, 2011 #7 of 50
    NatasNJ

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    It amazes me that people get offended by the littlest things. 1st world problems I suppose.
     
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    NatasNJ

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    What? If they used the actual expression then it would have not been a joke a just a anti-semitic comment. They played off the fact that most people have probably heard that phrase before and played off it with shoe
     
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    BK89

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    You should have went with your first instinct.
     
  10. Fish Man

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    This.

    This.

    and this.
     
  11. busyba

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    Ninja please.
     
  12. jakerock

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    If I were in line with a Jewish friend who had a sense of humor that was similar to mine, then I'd have said that joke too. So I don't know if it offensive or not. I am sure my friend wouldn't find it offensive though.
     
  13. Supfreak26

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    No support for you here. Bad joke? Sure. Offensive? Only if you choose it to be.
     
  14. smark

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    Don't ever watch Family Guy. Or South Park.
     
  15. jsmeeker

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    Yeah.

    Go big or go home. :)


    See Trey Parker and Matt Stone on lessons on how to do it.
     
  16. Turtleboy

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    No, it was a play on words. It was because they were haggling on shoes.

    I didn't see it, but it sounds clever to me.

    But then again, I enjoy ethnic humor.
     
  17. Squeak

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    Ethnic humor? Wait! I thought it was religious humor? :confused:

    ;)
     
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  19. crazywater

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    Yeah, like if you're Jewish maybe?
     
  20. busyba

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    Or leave your house.
     

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