This week we salute you, the Jewish father.
Why? Well first of all, because this Sunday is Father’s Day, and secondly because we usually pay more attention to Jewish moms, that we often forget how great Jewish dads are.
They are so great, that unlike most Jewish mothers who are very similar in their television portrayal, the TV Jewish fathers are so different from one another, so we decided to name nine of our favorite types of Jewish dads on TV.
1. The Workaholic Dad – Ari Gold (“Entourage”)
He’s married to his work and the actors he represents are his actual children. We know it, Ari Gold knows it and his family knows it. The world’s most notorious movie agent (Jeremy Piven) has the ability to make television explode from over-bleeping. Ari is a devoted Jew… when it doesn’t conflict with his work (he escaped Yom Kippur services to try and seal Vincent a lead role in the movie “Medellin”) and is also an over-protective father. In fact, he is so over-protective that when his daughter Sarah begins to like child actor Max Ballard, Ari sends him to Kazakhstan to shoot a new movie to keep him away from his daughter. More ▸
This week we salute you, the Jewish father.
Sometime back in 1998, NBC executive really wanted to keep “Seinfeld” alive. They wanted the “show about nothing” to go on so bad, that they even offered Jerry Seinfeld $100 million to film one more season. $100 million! According to former NBC executive Warren Littlefield, the comedian turned down the offer because he wanted to… More ▸
A Mother’s Day special! Because if you’ll put all of them in a blender and add some guilt, you’ll get your mom! And you love your mom, don’t you? Well it wouldn’t hurt you to say it more often.
1. Sylvia Fine (“The Nanny”)
In a show that turned an eccentric Flushing-Jewish stereotype into an art form, Sylvia Fine, portrayed by Renée Taylor, was the queen. Constantly visiting the princess, Fran, and the Queen-mother, Yetta, Sylvia Fine (née Rosenberg) was a New York Jewish mother in a nutshell – overbearing, loud, hungry and mostly dominant. Oh, and loud too.
In Last night’s GOP debate in Mesa, Ariz., presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spiced things up by adding a quote from the popular show “Seinfeld.” While the crowds applauded him at the end of a short statement, Romney chuckled and said: “As George Costanza would say, ‘When they’re applauding, stop.’” Apparently Romney got himself into a double… More ▸
In a new interview, Alan Dershowitz tells the Columbia Current what he’s done lately for Mideast peace. “I recently sent a copy of ‘Palestinian Chicken,’ that Larry David gave me, to Prime Minister Netanyahu — with the suggestion that he invite Abbas over to watch it together,” he said, referring to the episode of “Curb… More ▸
JTA’s Ben Harris interviewed Jason Alexander about his experience in Israel:
When Shimon Peres asked Jason Alexander if he could call him as George, it seemed like a textbook example of Israeli chutzpah directness. But Peres actually deserves some credit. At least he had the decency to ask.
“Most people don’t ask, they just call me George,” Alexander told JTA . “They actually think that’s my name. That line between fantasy and reality gets blurred. “
There were several such moments during Alexander’s four-day trip to the Holy Land last week as part of a delegation from One Voice, a New York-based organization aimed at empowering moderates in the Middle East to pressure their leaders into accepting a two-state solution. Alexander was in the region to lend his celebrity to Israeli and Palestinian grassroots efforts toward a resolution. But media outlets in Israel and around the world appeared more interested in the “Seinfeld” star than in peacemaking.
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By Lashon Holly
Jason Alexander aka George Costanza met in Jerusalem this week with Israeli President Shimon Peres (he also visited with Palestinian officials in Ramalah). Alexander was representing the organization OneVoice, which seeks to help reach a two-state solution by training “Israeli and Palestinian youth in leadership skills, non-violent activism, and democratic principles.”
Here’s the official version from the president’s office:
President Peres turned to Jason Alexander with a smile and said jockingly, please allow me to call you George. He then said: “George, on the show you and Jerry Seinfeld conduct yourselves like two different states – each of you has a differing world view and creative thoughts. What is your advice to advance the peace process in the Middle East?”
Alexander answered the President by saying that it is correct that he and Jerry Seinfeld represent two different worlds and it is extremely difficult to have a relationship like this, but my advice to you is not to give up. Even with the disappointments it is important to continue in the difficult effort of advancing peace which is so important. I too, through comedy and humor, try to contribute my part by advancing the idea of two states for two people.
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Seinfeld star Jason Alexander was spotted this weekend without one of his most recognizable features: his bald head. A few months ago Alexander tweeted: “I am experimenting with some interesting hair systems. Don’t be shocked if you suddenly see pics of me with more hair than usual.” Now we can finally see some results, though what… More ▸
By Lashon Holly
This week’s poll is dedicated to the memory of Frances Bay. More ▸
…and they were better at it too.
So Kanye West’s opened his mouth. Again.
The successful yet controversial rapper said this weekend that people look at him like he’s Hitler. That’s right.
While the honorable Mr. West enjoys being so innovative and cutting edge, he would be disappointed to find out that the whole Hitler comparison thing has been happening since the early days of the Nazi rise to power.
The difference? The other comparisons were funny.
Now I’m not saying that every Hitler comparison should be funny, it shouldn’t. But for Godwin’s sake Kanye, stop being such an egotistical douche.
So for future reference, if you ever want to compare yourself to Adolf Hitler, you should at least attempt to do it like this: More ▸