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Old 11-23-11, 10:52 PM
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Controversial “anti-Semitic” vodka billboard taken down in NYC

Jews can be the most overly sensitive group. Difference is they usually get their way, as in this case.




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Controversial “anti-Semitic” vodka billboard taken down in NYC
By Eric Pfeiffer


A billboard for Wodka vodka in NYC has been taken down and destroyed after complaints that the advertisement's message is anti-Semitic. The New York Times reported that the billboard featured a long-haired dog wearing a yarmulke and another dog wearing a Santa hat with the words, "Christmas quality, Hanukkah pricing," alongside the photo.

The backlash against the billboard was nearly instantaneous. Ron Meier, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, called it "crude and offensive."

"To use the Jewish holiday in dealing with issues of money is clearly insensitive and inappropriate," Meier told the paper.

Brian Gordon, head of MMG, the advertising company behind the billboard, said the billboard's message was not intended to be offensive. "We thought people would perceive it as 'ha ha quirky.' But people perceived it as offensive, and because of that, we pulled it." Mr. Gordon, according to the Times, was "quick to point out" that he also is Jewish.

Wodka was quick to formally apologize as well, offering this explanation via its Twitter account:

"Although rarely serious, we apologize to anyone we may have offended through our holiday campaign and are removing our billboard immediately."

However, Gawker dug deeper into Wodka's Twitter account, quickly finding more questionable images:

[O]n the company Twitter you can find a picture of the "Jewish" dog posing with Jonathan Cheban in a different ad. There's also this sheep wearing a sombrero standing near a Wodka bottle, and a "black Russian"—a black man wearing one of those fuzzy Russian hats.
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hahahahaha I love it!!!
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that's great!
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I hate PC thugs. This Ron Meier, and anyone else who would be offended over this, are completely pathetic douchebags.

I'm tired of all these 'other' ethnic groups, gays, weird religious fanatics, whites, blacks, mexicans, and anyone else who want to be over sensitive nutjobs.

GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!
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Jesus Christ, has we collapsed so far as a society that we have to attack someone just because they don't want to put up with tired, stereotypical bullshit? I can't blame this guy for bitching over something insulting that was done simply as a calculated publicity stunt.
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I love it!
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Jason- I'm guessing since you fail on the 'has' 'have' choice, your some kind of ethnic group character that demands satisfaction over something that someone said and your so super angry and mad about it?
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Re: Controversial “anti-Semitic” vodka billboard taken down in NYC

Originally Posted by big whoppa View Post
Jews can be the most overly sensitive group. Difference is they usually get their way, as in this case.
Guess you hang out with the MMG/Wodka crew, eh?
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Originally Posted by foofighters7 View Post
Jason- I'm guessing since you fail on the 'has' 'have' choice, your some kind of ethnic group character that demands satisfaction over something that someone said and your so super angry and mad about it?
Irony, thy name is DVD Talk.

I can't believe there are still people who argue that if an offensive stereotype is used in a funny way it should be given a pass. "Ha-ha, just joking," is not an acceptable excuse and hasn't been since the 1950s.
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Re: Controversial “anti-Semitic” vodka billboard taken down in NYC

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Jesus Christ, has we collapsed so far as a society that we have to attack someone just because they don't want to put up with tired, stereotypical bullshit? I can't blame this guy for bitching over something insulting that was done simply as a calculated publicity stunt.
Or sex on tv, or violence in video games, etc. I can't blame people who bitch about that stuff either, but I also don't get the mentality that actually takes the effort to bitch about it.

When something offends me that is meant as humorous, I move on. Take it in the spirit in which it was meant.
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Its only offensive if your overly sensitive and so pathetically stuck on you'reself.

I just don't understand people being offended...Get over it.
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Originally Posted by foofighters7 View Post
Its only offensive if your overly sensitive and so pathetically stuck on you'reself.
Or if you have even a passing familiarity with Jewish stereotypes and their history.
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No, actually I am quite familiar with Jewish history including stereotypes. Doesn't mean a single thing. Jews are no better than anyone else, therefore 'white trash' stereotypes 'black thug', 'Asian buck tooth' 'cheap jews' etc etc should be viewed the same way. People need to chill out and realize their specific people are no better than anyone else and are open to the same criticism and lampooning.

Plenty of Jews can make fun of the stereotypes (Larry David off the top of my head) and even if they couldn't, I wouldn't care.
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I'm sure Larry David laughed his ass off. By the way "Black Thug" really? Surely the word you were looking to really use was...

Spoiler:
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Re: Controversial “anti-Semitic” vodka billboard taken down in NYC

Originally Posted by foofighters7 View Post
No, actually I am quite familiar with Jewish history including stereotypes. Doesn't mean a single thing. Jews are no better than anyone else, therefore 'white trash' stereotypes 'black thug', 'Asian buck tooth' 'cheap jews' etc etc should be viewed the same way. People need to chill out and realize their specific people are no better than anyone else and are open to the same criticism and lampooning.

Plenty of Jews can make fun of the stereotypes (Larry David off the top of my head) and even if they couldn't, I wouldn't care.
First of all, who said they were better than anyone else? And are you suggesting that people/businesses actively promote stereotypes?
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Originally Posted by foofighters7 View Post
No, actually I am quite familiar with Jewish history including stereotypes. Doesn't mean a single thing. Jews are no better than anyone else, therefore 'white trash' stereotypes 'black thug', 'Asian buck tooth' 'cheap jews' etc etc should be viewed the same way. People need to chill out and realize their specific people are no better than anyone else and are open to the same criticism and lampooning.
Who the hell is arguing that Jews are better than anyone? You think people wouldn't be as outraged by other bigoted stereotypes being used in a billboard?

And I fail to see how calling Jews cheap is a "criticism" -- criticism needs to have some basis in reality in order to be valid, so unless you're going to argue that Jews actually are cheap, there's no basis for a criticism exemption.
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I don't know a lot of Jews enough to cast a broad statement that applies to all but the ones I have known are cheap. Is that a bad thing? No, not necessarily. I know many Chinese who are the same.
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Man "you're cheap!" is such an offensive thing to say. It's so hurtful. What a mean stereotype.

Compared to most other stereotypes I think this one you can live with.
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^The truth.
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I like-a... do... da cha-cha.
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I like-a... do... da cha-cha.
A little early to get into the pharmaceutical grade meth, isn't it?
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Jews can be the most overly sensitive group.
I'm led to believe that they also use the blood of gentile babies to make matzo.

at least that's what Henry Ford told me
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Re: Controversial “anti-Semitic” vodka billboard taken down in NYC

However, Gawker dug deeper into Wodka's Twitter account, quickly finding more questionable images:

[O]n the company Twitter you can find a picture of the "Jewish" dog posing with Jonathan Cheban in a different ad. There's also this sheep wearing a sombrero standing near a Wodka bottle, and a "black Russian"—a black man wearing one of those fuzzy Russian hats.
So, it's now offensive to call a black man black?
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I'm led to believe that they also use the blood of gentile babies to make matzo.

at least that's what Henry Ford told me
At least they didn't put that on the sign.
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Originally Posted by big whoppa View Post
I don't know a lot of Jews
That's for goddamn sure, at least until you need a major surgery performed.

Would if have been offensive if the ad had said "EXQUISITE CHRISTMAS HAMS, PRICED LIKE KWANZAA WATERMELONS"?
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