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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jacobp, Oct 7, 2011.
So that everyone could have a chance to be offended?
It's funny, I never even heard the expression "jew [someone] down" until well into adulthood. Like, the last few years, even. I don't think it's at all common anymore, at least among the people I've heard.
Now "gyp", on the other hand...
Gypsies don't control the media.
Sorry, couldn't resist!
After just reading it in the Modern Family thread I am reminded that they also did an anti-Semitic joke in their last episode:
Manny: Hello Ma'am, do you love Christmas?
Neighbor: Actually I'm Jewish.
Manny: Well then you must appreciate a good value.
Jay: Oh Jesus....
Manny didn't beat around the bush or use word play, he went right for the Jewish people are cheap angle. Was this offensive or just plain hilarious?
This reminds me of an incident on the Opie and Anthony show back in the day when they were on WNEW in NY. They were doing a live commercial read. Waiting on the phone to be interviewed was Ben Stein. The commercial was for a company that buys used cars. Opie (or Anthony) said why go through the hassle of selling the cars to strangers who will try to chew down the price.
After the commerical Ben came on the phone and asked if he heard them say "Jew" down the price. They said no, they used the word "Chew". Ben said people would know that they meant Jew and that he found it offensive. They argued with him and said that he was crazy for thinking that and Ben hung up on them.
As a listener, I did not think about Jew when I heard Chew and thought that Ben was being too sensitive.
This would be the same Ben Stein who said a person is couldn't possibly be a rapist because he is an economist , right?
Who gives an F what he thinks?
I'm Jewish. I thought both these were funny. They are playing off our preconceived notions of stereotypes, which is what about 75% of humor is based on.
I thought the 2 Broke Girls joke was ok, a nice play on words, but not really that funny. The Modern Family scene was, like almost everything they do, great. Manny rocks!
Modern Family has, in its few short years, tweaked at Jews, Colombians, Peruvians, gays, straights, kids, parents, old people, bikers, realtors, soccer moms, lawyers... you get my drift.
Manufactured controversy fail.
I'm sure I'm going to be handed my rear end on a platter, but I have to ask.
Why exactly do Jewish people find that particular stereotype so offensive? Is there something wrong with being frugal or wanting to get a good deal? I mean that isn't necessarily a bad thing, is it?
Maybe there is more to the Jewish "stereotype" than I'm aware? After all....I am just a dumb blonde.
I stand by what I said.
Is the Scottish joke about them signaling 1PM instead of noon a insensitive joke?
The British was signaling noon with 12 shots; to Scottish 1 shot.
I stand by my statement.
I wasn't offended and actually thought it was a nice throw away joke. But I do watch Family Guy and South Park. I would highly recommend the OP not watch either of those shows, ever.
I would call it a *pun* based on the anti-semitic phrase. So the joke itself wasn't anti-Semitic.. But the pun was intended to make you think of the phrase.
See the difference?
Translated: In case others had no reason to be offended because they don't watch this show, I wanted to take the opportunity to share it so everyone can be offended.
Personally, this is probably the most offensive thing in this thread.
I wonder about this as well. Around here, the stereotype is that the Dutch are like this. And we joke about it all the time. Being frugal/stingy isn't something negative. It can be funny to see the extent to which some of the people I know (all Dutch background) do it.
I am sure black guys everywhere are fighting the stereotype about having large equipment.
But, according to Lili Von Shtupp, " It's twooooooooooo."
It's not offensive to us. Jews just like to kvetch.