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15th Jan '16 10:50:04 AM Anddrix
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This is a trope that pops up in a number of WesternAnimation {{Christmas Episode}}s; due to the [[AnimationAgeGhetto nature of the shows' audience]], the [[ExecutiveMeddling powers that be]] will want to place AnAesop in to show that the characters keep a [[TokenMinority diverse]] set of friends or peers. As a result, a character's Judaism is mentioned at some point in the episode, or perhaps a menorah will just be shown in the background, in order to keep up that diverse appearance. After all, [[ViewersAreMorons who really knows what other religiously affiliated holidays]] [[SmallReferencePools are celebrated by a large enough group of people]] in the mid to late period of December? This will in fact be the only mention of religion throughout the episode (if not the series) , as Christmas itself (assuming the name is used at all) will not be depicted as having any religious significance, but rather just be a "[[DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime Warm, Feel Good Time]]", thus making this revelation of a major character feel shoehorned in. This is also despite the fact that since the Jewish calendar is a lunar one, there is no guarantee that Hannukah and Christmas will in any way overlap: Hannukah could be completely over way before Christmas starts.
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This is a trope that pops up in a number of WesternAnimation {{Christmas Episode}}s; due to the [[AnimationAgeGhetto nature of the shows' audience]], the [[ExecutiveMeddling powers that be]] will want to place AnAesop in to show that the characters keep a [[TokenMinority diverse]] set of friends or peers. As a result, a character's Judaism is mentioned at some point in the episode, or perhaps a menorah will just be shown in the background, in order to keep up that diverse appearance. After all, [[ViewersAreMorons who really knows what other religiously affiliated holidays]] holidays [[SmallReferencePools are celebrated by a large enough group of people]] in the mid to late period of December? This will in fact be the only mention of religion throughout the episode (if not the series) , as Christmas itself (assuming the name is used at all) will not be depicted as having any religious significance, but rather just be a "[[DoTheyKnowItsChristmasTime Warm, Feel Good Time]]", thus making this revelation of a major character feel shoehorned in. This is also despite the fact that since the Jewish calendar is a lunar one, there is no guarantee that Hannukah and Christmas will in any way overlap: Hannukah could be completely over way before Christmas starts.
15th Jan '16 2:38:49 AM Pichu-kun
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* Pizzazz mentions she's Jewish in the Christmas 2015 issue of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} And The Holograms''.
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* Pizzazz mentions she's Jewish in the Christmas 2015 issue of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} And The Holograms''.''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms''.
30th Dec '15 12:04:36 PM Anddrix
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* [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/ElliotSMaggin, the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor is ''ethnically'' Jewish, although certainly non-practicing. Maggin himself is Jewish, and always had a slightly more tragic/sympathetic take on Luthor than other writers of the period.
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* [[WordOfGod According to]] Creator/ElliotSMaggin, the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor is ''ethnically'' Jewish, although certainly non-practicing. Maggin himself is Jewish, and always had a slightly more tragic/sympathetic take on Luthor than other writers of the period.
26th Dec '15 5:02:43 PM Katsuhagi
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* Tammy from BobsBurgers. Aside from having a Bat Mitzvah episode, she otherwise fits the stereotype of spoiled WASP. ** [[JewishAmericanPrincess Not necessarily]].
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* Tammy from BobsBurgers. Aside from having a Bat Mitzvah episode, she otherwise fits the stereotype has some elements of spoiled WASP. ** [[JewishAmericanPrincess Not necessarily]].a JewishAmericanPrincess, albeit downplayed.
20th Dec '15 4:43:22 PM Wyldchyld
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* Ross from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' cares enough about Judaism that he tries to teach his son about how great Chanukah is, but rarely ever shows any interest in the faith otherwise. ** His sister, Monica, is only referred to as Jewish twice: once, she mentions having had a Bat Mitzvah, and later, Chandler explicitly says to her, "You're Jewish!" when she laments that she did not choose to be a reverend for her career (she refers to it as a "technicality"). We never see her celebrate Chanukah (and we do see her celebrate Christmas) or make any other reference to her Judaism. ** However, when Ross and Monica visit their parents, and we see the outside of the Gellers' front door, they have a mezzuzah, which is something Jews affix to the doorposts of their homes, and also something few non-Jews would recognize. There is a Christmas episode where the gang attempts to do a SecretSanta. Ross initially draws Monica and tries to trade with someone else because he already got her Hanukkah gifts. Throughout the show, it is strongly implied, although it is never stated, that Ross and Monica's father is Jewish, but their mother is not (this is the case with the actors playing them), and they grew up in a home where holidays from two different traditions were observed. ** Monica often wears a necklace with a star of David. ** This conversation when Ross takes a Bible from a hotel: --> '''Chandler''': "Beside's its a New Testament, what are ''you'' gonna do with it?" --> '''Ross''': "Learn about... Jesus." ** Monica and Chandler's wedding procession followed the traditional Jewish style--both the bride ''and'' the groom are walked down the aisle by ''both'' of their parents. ** Monica asks Chandler if it's OK if he keeps his Santa outfit for sex games. --> '''Chandler''': "Did your dad ever dress up as Santa?" --> '''Monica''': "No." --> '''Chandler''': "Then it's OK." Of course many Christian fathers would not have dressed up as Santa for their kids.
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': References to Monica and Ross from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' cares enough about Judaism that he tries being Jewish are rarely acknowledged, with occasional signs including the mezzuzah outside their parents' front door and Monica's wedding procession including both bride and groom being walked down the aisle by their parents. Monica wears a Star of David necklace and had a Bat Mitzvah. Ross once tried to teach his son about how great Chanukah is, but rarely ever shows any interest in the faith otherwise. ** His sister, Monica, is only referred to as Jewish twice: once, she and once mentions having had a Bat Mitzvah, and later, Chandler explicitly says to her, "You're Jewish!" when she laments that she did not choose to be a reverend for her career (she refers to it as a "technicality"). We never see her celebrate buying Monica Chanukah (and we do see her celebrate Christmas) or make any other reference to her Judaism. ** However, when Ross and Monica visit their parents, and we see the outside of the Gellers' front door, they have a mezzuzah, which is something Jews affix to the doorposts of their homes, and also something few non-Jews would recognize. There is a Christmas episode where the gang attempts to do a SecretSanta. Ross initially draws Monica and tries to trade with someone else because he already got her Hanukkah gifts. Throughout the show, it Hints suggest Jack is strongly implied, although it is never stated, that Ross and Monica's father is Jewish, Jewish but Judy is not, so their mother is not (this is the case with the actors playing them), and they children grew up in a home where holidays from celebrating two different traditions were observed. ** Monica often wears a necklace with a star traditions. --> '''Ross''': (''Checking out of David. ** This conversation when Ross takes a Bible from a hotel: hotel'') "You're not taking your bible?" --> '''Chandler''': "Beside's its a "I don't think you're supposed to take that. Besides, it's New Testament, what are ''you'' gonna Testament. Why do with it?" you want it? --> '''Ross''': "Learn "To learn about... Jesus." ** Monica and Chandler's wedding procession followed the traditional Jewish style--both the bride ''and'' the groom are walked down the aisle by ''both'' of their parents. ** Monica asks Chandler if it's OK if he keeps his Santa outfit for sex games. --> '''Chandler''': "Did your dad ever dress up as Santa?" --> '''Monica''': "No." --> '''Chandler''': "Then it's OK." Of course many Christian fathers would not have dressed up as Santa for their kids."
19th Dec '15 7:37:33 PM nombretomado
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* PaulHeyman is well-known to be Jewish to wrestling buffs, but one of the only times that came up in {{Kayfabe}} was when he tried to claim that video footage showing him conspiring with TheShield (an offense that almost got him fired) was actually of an impostor. "I have a thick New York Jewish accent!" Heyman shouted (as did the "impostor" in the video, but that's neither here nor there). Heyman's Jewishness isn't brought up at other times - which is a little strange, given how universally despised Heyman is and that he could easily use this as a WoundedGazelleGambit. ("You just don't like me because you're an anti-Semite!")
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* PaulHeyman is well-known to be Jewish to wrestling buffs, but one of the only times that came up in {{Kayfabe}} was when he tried to claim that video footage showing him conspiring with TheShield Wrestling/TheShield (an offense that almost got him fired) was actually of an impostor. "I have a thick New York Jewish accent!" Heyman shouted (as did the "impostor" in the video, but that's neither here nor there). Heyman's Jewishness isn't brought up at other times - which is a little strange, given how universally despised Heyman is and that he could easily use this as a WoundedGazelleGambit. ("You just don't like me because you're an anti-Semite!")
17th Dec '15 7:47:23 PM Pichu-kun
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* Pizzazz mentions she's Jewish in the Christmas 2015 issue of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} And The Holograms''.
13th Dec '15 9:46:34 AM Blazer
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* In ''WebAnimation/XRayAndVav'', Rusty Bonjour reveals in the Holiday Special that he's Jewish. There was ''nothing'' to hint that he was like this at all and when he reveals it, he's in a tattered Santa suit scamming people out of money via a Salvation Army-like booth.
10th Dec '15 10:22:09 AM Pichu-kun
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* ComicBook/HarleyQuinn being Jewish is mentioned once or twice. She loves Christmas though, and it's even brought up once.
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* ComicBook/HarleyQuinn being Jewish is mentioned once or twice. She loves Christmas though, and it's even brought up once.once by ComicBook/PoisonIvy.

* Joel from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' is Jewish however it's not implied in the game itself. Creator/NaughtyDog has a postcard-esque official art showing several characters dressed in Christmas gear, with Joel holding a Menorah.
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* Joel from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' is Jewish however it's not implied in the game itself. Creator/NaughtyDog has a postcard-esque official art showing several characters dressed in Christmas gear, with Joel holding wearing a sweater with a Menorah.
10th Dec '15 10:20:16 AM Pichu-kun
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[[folder: Video Games]] * Joel from ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' is Jewish however it's not implied in the game itself. Creator/NaughtyDog has a postcard-esque official art showing several characters dressed in Christmas gear, with Joel holding a Menorah. [[/folder]]
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