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July 05, 1996 - Image 69

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-07-05

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INN

NOW

she writes in the introduction to
issue No. 5. "I used to clam up
whenever anyone started yelling
the now famous 'F***ing Jew.
You're a Jew, ain't you? Look at
her nose.' But now I just yell back
with the filthy mouth that I've ac-
quired from living here."
These disturbing anecdotes
aside, Plotz has a sort of "Nick at
Nite" meets Spy magazine flavor.
Hokey '50s clip art (some of it
looks like illustrations from a
Jewish children's coloring book)
accompanies the brief "articles."
Most of them are either personal
essays, such as "Portrait of the
Jew as a Young Girl," or freestyle
rants like Barbara's "The Pon-
dering Jew" column from issue
No. 1:
"... What's with that show
`Friends' on TV? Are they sup-
posed to be Jews? Is this a Jew
Gen-X thang? ... Does anyone re-
ally think Courteney Cox can pull
off being a Jew? I mean, the guy
who plays her brother, he's defi-
nitely a Jew, right? ..."
And then there's the popular
"Out the Jew" columns in which
Barbara and her friends uncover
the hidden Jewish roots of Amer-
ican celebs: Geraldo Rivera
("Word has it he even has a Star
of David tattoo on his person"),
David Lee Roth ("You're a con-
stant embarrassment ... but
you're also a soul brother!") and
singer Beck ("Are you crooning
`I'm a loser, baby' or is it 'I'm a
Jew there, baby'?"). Barbara con-
tends that she's not being mean
when she outs Jews; she just
wants Christian-dominated cul-
ture to acknowledge Judaism's
presence more.
"It's 1996, and America is such
a Christian place," she says. "I
can't imagine what it's like to be
black if/ feel this way." On occa-
sion, Plotz is something of a
primer on the Jewish religion, as
in "Word 'Ern Up ... It's the Purim
Story" and "It's a Passover
Thang," in which Barbara relays
the stories behind the holidays
and attempts to explain some of
the more elusive traditions. Her
description of the seder begins,
"Laden with more symbolism
than The Scarlet Letter ..."
`There's definitely an underly-
ing theme of educating Jews and
non-Jews in Plotz," she admits.
"But I'm not about throwing
things in people's faces."
Unless, of course, it's Decem-
ber and someone gives her a fruit-
cake. ❑

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Stuyvesant Station, New
York, NY 10009.

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