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Are Jewish stereotypes funny or just plain offensive?

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Visitor Comments: 32

(32) JWF, January 25, 2010 8:33 PM

Laughter breaks down barriers

When you make a joke about yourself or except that some of the things that make us jewish seem funny you get the chance (after you stop giggling) to say "But seriously this isn't true..." get it? We are a bit "neurotic" to some when we meticiously follow kashrut... so how do you explain that it is a question of spirituality? Use humor because the first thing people learn after crying is how to laugh and smile ;)

(31) Rina, December 8, 2009 10:01 PM

I truly feel the whole scene was tacky and not humuraus the jokes white people make against jews and asians just displays thier own lack of self confidence

(30) Anonymous, October 20, 2009 3:28 PM

Family Guy is known for this

I think that in this case - they're promoting a steryotype, and in this context, they're subtly promoting jealousy, which in turn promotes anti-semitism. So I did not approve of this clip. However... this 'is' Family Guy. Family Guy makes fun of EVERYTHING. It's what the show is known for. In a couple of episodes they even made fun of strict Catholics. Don't get me wrong - I don't approve of what was shown in this video clip, but I don't think it's as bad as some might initially think if they've never seen the show before.

(29) Michael, August 7, 2009 2:06 AM

It depends on the context.

May Jewish comedians have made a career of poking fun of Jews. Often times the stereotype is what makes it funny. Unfortunately, Family Guy is just plain stupid. Jackie Mason and others of his generation (and earlier) are funny, but not mean. You can relate to their stories and jokes on a personal level because they are meant for a Jewish audience. Family Guy uses old and sometimes hurtful stereotypes about Jews to get a laugh from a gentile audience-big difference, different kind of humor. The old style comics had a strongly "ethnic" Jewish background. The writers of Family Guy do not have that rich foundation to draw from. That is why they do not impress the older generation. Many of today's Jewish comedy writers and actors have this same problem. Just compare Zero Mostel in The Producers (original version) to Ben Stiller in Meet The Parents. Mostel is brilliant as the washed up broadway producer who swindles little old ladies. He draws on the richness of his Jewish experiences to give us a pathetic yet lovable character. Ben Stiller, on the other hand, is just plain pathetic. Buy the end of the movie your hoping that Robert Deniro will throw him out of his house. Television and movies always seem to feature Jewish characters who are flawed. Ben Stiller-stupid; Woody Allen-neurotic, Jerry Seinfeld-shallow and self absorbed. Don't believe me? Ok, when was the last time you saw a movie or TV show that featured a Jewish character that was a positive example of what a Jew should really be? The only time we see such examples are in movies about the Holocaust!

(28) Mike, August 1, 2009 4:25 PM

when parody can cross the line to inciting

i have no problem with poking fun at each other, as the TV show Family Guy does. It helps us all not to take ourselves too seriously. But when the joke is based on a historical misnomer, (such as in the episode of Family Guy where Peter befriends Jesus), that the Jews killed Christ, then you are crossing the line from funny to inciting. Growing up I had many a fist fight because non-Jews around my block were taught and believed that to be fact. But any historical scholar knows that is not the truth. Yet the holocaust and other pogroms were based and supported on this myth. In that same episode, a temple is desecrated. Those kind of images desensitizes people to the fact that this still goes on in the real world everyday. At worst it condones it. Mcfarlane must be careful of not crossing the line from funny hateful propoganda

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