Friday, January 14, 2005

Philosemetism

But now that you’ve spent about $200 million to laugh at Ben Stiller’s mega-Jewish parents dealing with his WASPy soon-to-be-in-laws in Meet the Fockers, we feel comfortable showing you our big Jewish selves. Philosemetism, which is so new we had to invent a word for it, has led to a whole new genre: Jewsploitation.” The last paragraph is a kicker. But is this column talking about the same odd phenomenon we saw in Shrek a few years back? Is Dreamworks Animation the Jewish Disney? (Joel Stein, “Why Hot, WASPy Chicks Love Jews,” Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan 2005).

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