Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Sport of Self Deprecating Jew Bashing at Gawker Media

The Sport of Self Deprecating Jew Bashing at Gawker Media

3 comments:

The W said...

Recently edited, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gawker.com

bob said...

As the wikipedia item will no doubt be edited out, here's the relevant bit:

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Gawker is an anti-Semitic media outlet. Editor Alex Balkin, in his semi-regular blurb "The Jews", repeatedly employs slurs and distasteful anti-Semitic stereotypes. A September 6th blurb begins, ""Hey, Hymie! Wanna get in on the best deal of the fall?". More recently in a blurb on Rosh Hashanah, Balkin states, "Happy Rosh Hashanah, Jews! It's time to celebrate the new year, eat apples and honey, blow the shofar, and, if you're lucky, blow some cute single guy you hook up with in temple! Apparently, these holy days are the genesis of a two-week f***fest amongst desperate single Jews who want to get their nagging mothers off their backs." [http://gawker.com/news/deep-discounts/get-close-to-the-jew-god-the-governor-for-a-low-low-price-297181.php]

In an "apology" letter regarding this comment Balkin writes [http://gawker.com/news/heebie-jeebies/gawker-apologizes-to-the-jews-280395.php]
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Dear Jew,

We are sincerely sorry for offending your delicate Jew sensibilities. Yes, it’s true, there are a few Jews here in the office—we’ve crunched the numbers, and four out of five Gawker editors have at least some Jew blood in them (not on them!)—and we do think that gives us the right to make Jew jokes. But you know what? None of us are Irish, thank God, and we still knock the micks every now and again. We’re kinda of the opinion that the idea of ethnicity and its accompanying stereotypes are inherently hilarious. So, sure, we may not know a lot about life in Israel—do you guys still eat the Palestinian kids after your tanks run them over, or did you stop that once Rabin came into office? Do we still send Israel billions of dollars a year?—but, guess what, we think the comical ways in which your Jew country kowtows to the craziest Jew elements of crazy Jewiness could not be funnier. Hope that’s okay!

Shalom,
Balk
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The Contentious Centrist said...

When you go on a safari, they tell you that a visible lion is a safe lion. I tend to regard these extravagant antisemites in the same way. What I find most unsettling are those antisemites on the far left who couch their hatred of Jews and adherence to antisemitic tropes in the language of universal justice. They are the hungry, crouching lions who are invisible to the inexperienced random tourist. If you get my drift.