Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Liberal Anti-Semitism?

Hard to believe, huh? But, it seems to be latest hip thing. The Chicago Tribune was moved to run a piece on it yesterday:

The piece is about how “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” comes out at 2:01 a.m. Saturday in Israel, but Israeli law prohibits stores from being open on the Sabbath, or as Gawker puts it: “Head Heebs in the Holy Land are trying to keep bookstores closed at the appointed hour of the novel’s release.”

The unbylined piece (UPDATE: There actually is a byline or tagline or whatever you call a single name in small print off to the right of the posting’s conclusion. It’s “BALK,” short for editor Alex Balk) goes on to note:

“Some stores are planning to open anyway — these are Jews, let’s remember, and a buck’s a buck — which has resulted in predictable outrage from the Adonai-adoring elements of Israeli society.”They didn’t just go there, did they? What, is it Fun with Ages-Old Slanderous Stereotypes Week?

The piece then quotes someone from the United Torah Judaism Party (by way of an Associated Press story) slamming the Potter books’ “defective messages” and their subculture before the Gawker writer fires back: “[I]sn’t this exactly how some of us feel about, you know, the Bible and its subculture of weird, tallis-wearing followers?”

Hee hee — Orthodox Jews and other Bible readers sure are a bunch of weirdos!
I suspect the Gawker folks would say they’re being postmodern and ironic. They’re playing to a crowd that appreciates such wink-wink references (the comments include several inside jokes about Jewish law and nary a complaint). There’s already a popular Jewish magazine called Heeb, so why not embrace all slurs and stereotypes? Don’t take offense; it’s all in quotation marks.

In that spirit, may I nonetheless point out, Gawker, that sometimes you guys are real “schmucks.”

I think the writer of this piece from the Chicago Tribune, Mark Caro, is being generous in giving the writers at this "hip" blogs the benefit of the doubt by alluding to their postmodern ironic qualities.

What so postmodern and ironic about this stuff:

The left is getting more insane and more ugly by the hour. Here’s another way-over-the-line post by ‘Pareene’ at the worthless Wonkette site: Rudy Reveals Secret War! - Wonkette.

In a stunning rocket, Rudy Jew-liani basically admitted that he doesn’t know anything at all about foreign policy — or maybe that he knows too much. In an interview with the Jew York Times, Rudy inavertendly [sic] revealed that the US has been fighting an entire extra war these last few years that only he knows about.

Casual offhanded antisemitism—how edgy!

Wonkette has a history of this kind of thing: Wonkette: Jenna Bush Drinks ‘Jew Baby Blood’.

Hate speech is also being posted at another Gawker Media blog: Blue States Jews: ‘Harry Potter’ And The Jewish Problem - Gawker.

And more: Casual Offensiveness: Exactly What Is So Funny About The Jews - Gawker.