springstein?

by anzya

over the weekend, I shared my idea for a tribute blog post to “the boss” with tobybee and some friends – oh, but he’s not jewish! you say? (that’s what they said too) – uh, yes he is, i said. for sure. look at his jewish face, and his jewish name… (of course he just changed the spelling! for his stage name, you know) and, i went on preaching about how bruce springsteen puts the sexy back in judaism, etc etc…

so, after some googling, it turns out i was wrong. according to this blog, bruce was raised catholic, and has dutch, irish and italian ancestory. and as one commentor who blames the breakdown of his marriage on the false belief that the boss is one of the “chosen people” (heehee) shows…  i’m not the only one to make this mistake.

but seriously, as a child of the nineties, i really should have known better. adam sandler clearly busted this myth about springsteen in ’99, in his classic chanukah song part 2, and i quote:

“So many Jews are in the show-biz
Bruce Springsteen isn’t Jewish, but my mother thinks he is”

so, i feel probably about as silly as adam sandler’s mother. but not as silly as the person who started the website “guess who’s the jew” – a game where you get to vote yes or no whether famous people are jewish. (to be fair, there ARE some tricky ones in there.. what would you say to madonna for example?) and just to note, the vote on bruce was an almost 50/50 split…

but really, this is what we all want to see, right?

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