If I was Rabbi David Nesenoff, I would crawl into a deep cave and stay there for at least a couple of months. Sorry, but there is hardly any achievement in ending someone’s career, especially if it’s the career of a 90 year old woman. Oh, and by the way, the Rabbi is a terrible comedian.
That is why Rabbi Nesenoff should be kicked in the balls.
Last night, Keith Olbermann dug up a video shot by the Rabbi, titled Holy Weather. The clip is painfully unfunny and I wouldn’t go as far as calling it racist, but it’s as insensitive as Sarah Palin in a Peta convention. The Rabbi, dressed as a Mexican Priest (?!) mumbles about immigration officers and dish washing and practically every other Latin American stereotype reference that you’re able to think of. The embarrassing skit got the Rabbi a place in Olbermann’s infamous Worst Person in the World list, and while this might be a bit too harsh, here at EM!! we do believe the Rabbi should be kicked in the balls and post it on Youtube. It’s going to be a lot funnier than Holy Weather.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that the Jews should get the hell out of Israel. God forbid. My family is back in Israel and if they follow Thomas’ advice then they’ll come and sleep at my place. And we definitely don’t want that to happen. But we do want to allow a 90 year old woman to have an opinion, even if it’s the kind that should be followed by a punch in the face.
Earlier this morning, the Rabbi said that he is daunted by all the response, positive and negative. Although it’s hard to for me to see the positive part of the story: is it the Rabbi receiving thousands of anti-Semitic and life threatening emails or Helen Thomas who turned into the most hated woman in America? This drama did not promote dialog or brought any good to either side. Thomas did a lousy job expressing her opinions, the Rabbi did a lousy job as a journalist, and we followed the blindly. There was no conversation between Nesenoff and Thomas. Each side basically “tweeted” his own mind without thinking about the consequences, forgetting the fast-media world they live in.
Thomas’ remarks where evil but Nesenoff’s video was equally filled with hatred and revenge. She wanted the Jews out of Israel and he wanted her opinions out of the White House. Now they both suffer from the same hatred they so easily sparked.
But what’s really ridicules about this entire story is that Helen Thomas was never pro-Israeli in any way. It’s shown in her work as a journalist and she never did a good job hiding it. So why the big fuss now? Did we become so dumb that we can only understand a Youtube clip that’s shot with a cell phone camera and features a sentence no longer than your typical tweet??
Besides, Helen Thomas, if you didn’t follow, is 90!! You know what happens to you when you’re 90 years old? Every night your brain melts a little and drips out of your ears. That’s a medical fact. So let’s cut her some slack. Or at least, remind her to take her medicine.