The Weekly Jewce: February 4, 2022
Whoopi's Woopsie, antizionist teacher fired, Rihanna's pregnant, and more.
Whoopi Goldberg said some offensive stuff on The View. Everyone’s mad. She’s suspended from The View. Everyone’s mad. Frankly, I can’t talk about it anymore (piece on the way).
But in sum: Jews are not a race, Jews can experience racism, America’s concepts of race are not universal.
…& if you really want to read more there’s no shortage of Op-Eds:
⮕ Antizionist teacher is fired at Scarsdale Hebrew School: Jessie Sander was working at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale after a questionable antizionist blog post.
“The idea that a new movement can gain acceptance and become normative to the exclusion of others is at the root of Judaism as we practice it today.”
⮕ Vanessa Redgrave to play Jewish Nazi hunter: Yes, that Vanessa Redgrave. With the infamous “Zionist hoodlums” (which she doubled down on) in her Oscar acceptance speech is playing a Jew. No thanks. This Zionist hoodlum will not be watching.
⮕ Rihanna is pregnant! I have a hard time understanding why I should care but people seem to be very invested. It’s A$AP Rocky’s. Mazels!
⮕ Joyce Carole Oates posts cryptic Jewish tweets: I’ll let these speak for themselves.
What do I do when the person I’m dating posts something antisemitic on Instagram? They justified it by telling me that they initially saw the post on a Jewish person’s account and said, “I felt like I had to say something, the only thing holding me back from posting was you.”
It was back in May during Israel’s conflict with Gaza, and the Jewish person they got the post from was Ilana Glazer. She posted some bullshit from Norman Finkelstein screaming about how because he’s Jewish he can say that Israel and Jews are wrong. The verbiage was Ilana basically repeating that because she’s Jewish she has to blanket blame Israel.
First, I assigned them a book about Israel, and then I broke up with them. It seems like the book was never read and only strengthened the antisemitic comment. I’m still torn up about it and have no clue if I handled it correctly.
Torn and Teary
BELIEF AND THE CITY: In the final episode of what is hopefully only the first season of And Just Like That…, the series stepped into strange and foreign territory: the realm of belief.
Sex and the City has touched on religion before. Charlotte had sex with a Chasidic folk artist and later converted to Judaism under the auspices of Rabbi Minsch. Miranda dated a lapsed Catholic who had to shower immediately after sex. Brady was—albeit reluctantly—baptized, and Samantha tried to fuck her neighborhood priest.
In all such storylines, however, religion was merely a pretext for further exploration of the show’s main themes: sex and relationships. In this week’s episode of And Just Like That…, however, belief is put front and center—not as a pretext, but as a powerful theme in and of itself.
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Isaac de Castro, Editor of Jewcy.com