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A Brooklyn mohel finds a new TV commercial for the New York Lottery distasteful and offensive. What do you think? Full Story, Video

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Without a doubt anti-semitic
February 12, 2013 2:02 pm

Herpetologist refers to one who studies amphibians and exposes how offensive this ad actually is in that it promotes anti-semitic conspiracy theories that Jews are actually “demonic reptilian lizards who rule the world”, suggesting that therefore their Rabbis or Chassidim are experts on amphibians.

What is most shocking is that this is a government sponsored ad.

love it
February 12, 2013 9:58 am

nice commercial not discriminatory at all

to 44 from 35
February 11, 2013 12:59 am

Wake up – it is so obvious – as is the hate behind this video.

to 42: If they had picked Islam, they would be facing death threats!

#35
February 10, 2013 5:21 pm

Thanks for bringing that inner joke to a wider audience than yourself.

#39
February 10, 2013 4:48 pm

And parents signing a consent form does NOTHING to protect the health or welfare of children.

Take notice
February 10, 2013 4:32 pm

What bothers me most about the offensive joke in the ad is that they only chose the Jewish religion to pick on. That’s not good. If they had made fun of other religious practices from a different religion, it would be a much different scenario. It’s still just a joke, but jokes can lead to bad places.

To 29
February 10, 2013 3:01 pm

The NY lottery has costumers as far as Alaska. Don’t tell me it not a national ad

to#39
February 10, 2013 11:26 am

right on.

#20
February 10, 2013 3:33 am

“As Ed Koch now knows, one day the mayor will have to a answer for his actions.”

What “actions” – asking people to sign a consent form? Oh, the horror!

“This is no laughing matter and it’s even frightening that the government is trying to regulate religious practice,”

The government isn’t trying to regulate religious practice. It has an obligation to protect public health and the welfare of children. Get over yourselves.

thats so random...... wat is their point???
February 10, 2013 12:10 am
To 29
February 9, 2013 8:57 pm

The commercial is not meant for the average american, its for the New York Area, since it is for the NY Powerball Lottery. The bris issue is pretty much known in New York, since it is one of Mayor Bloomberg’s campaigns.

Oh come on
February 9, 2013 8:22 pm

don’t be so sensitive already

Yiddish - and very insulting
February 9, 2013 1:16 pm

It is a very insulting double entendre. One of the animals a herpetologist studies is a snake. What is snake in Yiddish, and what else does it mean? Hint – yes, this does have to do with bris milah, and whoever thought up this double play on words is very clever – and very anti-frum (I assume it is a Jew who came up with this as it would take one to know what I am talking about).

Never heard of PUN?
February 8, 2013 4:25 pm

herpetologist was an obvious PUN on herpes. It is not a “mistake.” In fact the joke is on you for so straight-facedly pointing out the ad’s “error.” it’s like pointing out the knock-knock joke is in error because ketchup doesn’t REALLY mean catch up at the corner.

not saying my opinion...
February 8, 2013 4:11 pm

by reading all these comments, wtvr i say will be told that im wrong. So whats the point of writing any thing?
in other words:
if u dont agree with some one u dont have 2 make them sound as if their the worst person in the world

#8
February 8, 2013 4:00 pm

Agree with u full on!!

to#28
February 8, 2013 3:17 pm

Tell that to some of the people who buy scratch -offs on Kingston ave.

wow this is misleading.
February 8, 2013 2:43 pm

“But what might be even more IRONIC is that the ad agency has mistakenly used the term ‘herpetologist’ which is the occupation of a zoologist that specializes in reptiles, amphibians, crocodiles and turtles, with no connection to the herpes disease.”

it’s not irony that he used the wrong word, because it ISN’T the wrong word. herpetologist happens to be a punchline to a joke, this is in absolutely no way connected to a bris. it amazes me how people can’t see that, or choose not to.

it's not talking about bris
February 8, 2013 2:41 pm

simply because the average new yorker/american knows nothing of this bris/herpes “controversy” at all, trust me. a commercial is intended to reach a very wide audience and a joke wouldn’t be put in that only .01 of the population understands. herpetologist just happens to be the punchline to joke he happened to tell these “rabbis”. this is in no way offensive. don’t go out of your way looking for ways to be offended.

lottery not a jewish concept
February 8, 2013 2:02 pm

In holiness nothing comes without effort. So don’t waste your money on lottery. Lo yagati umotzosi AL taamin!

thanks
February 8, 2013 11:58 am

if not for the mohel guys making noise we would never know about

love jokes
February 8, 2013 10:49 am

I agree. They could have said something else. Poor usage of jokes!

they look
February 8, 2013 10:39 am

amish anyway

#10 is right
February 8, 2013 10:27 am

The joke is that the rabbis thought that ‘herpetologist ‘ has something to do with herpes – it’s a shtech on their lack of education.

Grow up...
February 8, 2013 10:21 am

grow up its just a add….

heber grow up
February 8, 2013 9:54 am

Its very funny clip the subject of oral suction is very funny. vidal… this looks like a jimmy kimmel shlita clip

LOL
February 8, 2013 9:47 am

I liked it.

Bloomberg Will Have To Answer
February 8, 2013 9:43 am

As Ed Koch now knows, one day the mayor will have to a answer for his actions.

lol
February 8, 2013 9:31 am

chassidishers with Lubavitch hats!

ps
February 8, 2013 9:31 am

they look more amish gone wrong than chassidish

haaa
February 8, 2013 9:31 am

gross yuck but unfortunately funny

G-d save the children
February 8, 2013 9:20 am

Yeh well they have a point why do mohels do these things?!

I don't get it
February 8, 2013 8:07 am

It was said so fast I didn’t get it anyway. It’s what, a couple of seconds long? More to the point, is the deli KOSHER???

It’s really stupid, but I see why people are upset. Just because of the perceptions over the Bris controversy, it should be withdrawn.

funny not funny
February 8, 2013 7:51 am

I look at it different, I see it as mainstreaming, Chassidic Jews. I like the fact that we won’t be looked at strange or funny to the “outside” world. It could have been a better joke, but they are not looking at it the way we would. their sense of humer is a little more raunchy than ours is. this politically correctness is really out of hand. wether it was funny or not, not everything is “offensive” or meant to be so.

Stupid!
February 8, 2013 6:11 am

Is this supposed to be funny?

Who are they
February 8, 2013 5:53 am

At least dress them up like real chassidim!!

racist
February 8, 2013 2:45 am

Ya, definitely racists. If you think not just imagine it with another race and some other negative – not even stereotype but – negative quip.

wow for real?
February 8, 2013 2:23 am

he’s not directing the herpetologist comment at the “rabbis” in any way, he’s telling jokes and the herpetologist remark happens to be the punchline. i thought that was obvious. #4 said it the best, please don’t go looking for anti-semetism everywhere. there is absolutely nothing wrong with this ad, in fact its hilarious. everyone needs to relax.

That's not what herpetology means
February 8, 2013 2:22 am

A herpetologist is a person who studies amphibians, it has nothing to do with milah or herpes. As Jews, we have plenty to get offended over. This isn’t one of those things.

Come on...!
February 8, 2013 1:45 am

Not offensive, this ad is “mildly” funny….

We laugh at other people all the time, we laugh at “average” americans feeling offended for this that, for the this or that word.

So now they are laughing at us a little… It’s cool.

Love it!
February 8, 2013 1:34 am

Great commercial.

super
February 8, 2013 1:18 am

funny

Ehh...
February 8, 2013 1:14 am

I have a very high tolerance for jokes… but I’m a little ruffled by this one. “Somewhat Offensive” is my rating.

Mohel's wife
February 8, 2013 12:42 am

It is funny. Please do not look for anti-semetisim everywhere.

I agree!
February 8, 2013 12:35 am

Why would a rabbi be a ‘herpetologist’? Why would he know anything about herpes? Unless they are saying that in fact our mohels do give babies herpes ch”v, which is awful!

What?
February 8, 2013 12:13 am

Is it supposed to make any sense

What is wrong?!
February 8, 2013 12:00 am

Seriously stop jumping on the bandwagon just because it show’s ”Charedi Jews” doesnt mean it’s offensive give it a rest for once and just have a laugh.

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