Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Spot the Disconnect

Anyone not a recent immigrant from Outer Mongolia knows that Rabbi Daniel Lapin hated Meet the Fokkers both because he believed that it defamed Jews, and because "...most decent Americans are bothered by... the trashing of American culture" by people with Jewish names.

Ah yes, 'decent Americans." In an effort to bolster the good Rabbi's point, we scoured the Internet for the reaction of "decent Americans" to the sort of humor portrayed in the film , and came up with the following. Quite the shock, no?

"That night, the Blairs watched the film 'Meet the Parents' with the Bushes. Meyer wrote that Bush 'split his sides' laughing when he heard that the character played by actor Ben Stiller was named 'Gay Focker.'"

-The Post, in a November 8 story discussing a new book by Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the United States. Meyer details meetings between Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the run-up to the Iraq war. [Cited in TNR]