During a skit at the Nikulin Circus in Moscow recently the performers simulated a “Jewish Wedding,” with the leading roles being filled by four monkeys, acting as the bride, groom and their parents.
“It was humiliating, embarrassing and even spine-chilling. My 14-year-old daughter Linoy was shocked. She was so upset she wanted to throw trash into the ring to make it stop,” Micky Saidov, an Israeli businessman living in Russia, told Ynet News after seeing the show.
Following the incident, he decided to send a letter to the Israeli embassy in Moscow to inform them of the show’s content.
“I wanted to bring their attention to this very anti-Semitic, offensive, strident and chilling point with regards to Jewish feelings,” he said.
In response, Maxim Nikulin, one of the circus’ owners said, “I have a Jewish friend and he told me that every people has its fools.”
The monkeys’ trainer Aziz Askarian said, “We consulted with representatives of the Jewish cultural center and they approved of everything. Moveover, they gave us advice on lighting that was imported from Israel.”
– Yael Levy – YNet News