The Jewish question (Wisconsin style): What’s a coastie?


The latest incarnation of the Jewish question: What’s a coastie?

From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

So, what’s a coastie?

Chances are until this fall, most folks, even in Madison where the term appears to have originated, would have told you it’s one of two things:

Anyone not from around here.

Or, a privileged East or West Coast transplant, often a woman of a certain look: black tights, Ugg boots, oversize sunglasses and sporting a Starbucks cup.

Now a song and music video out of Madison suggest she’s all of that, and Jewish, provoking debates in and out of the classroom over stereotyping, anti-Semitism and the boundaries of humor.

Most of the Jewish students interviewed for this story said they find the tune and video "What’s a Coastie" by UW-Madison undergrads Cliff Grefe and Quincy Harrison – who are not Jewish – harmless and funny.

But some are offended.

Read the full story. And then watch the video and judge for yourselves — if you can handle the lewd lyrics.

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