Sisterhood Blog

Black, Latino and 'Kinda' Jewish

By Erika Davis

A few days ago three gentlemen, Jacob Salamon, Jared Bauer and Josh Cohen, released the first video in a series entitled “Bubala Please.” According to their Facebook Page, the series follows “two angry, misunderstood gangsters who come to find they’re both kinda Jewish. As their friendship develops, they decide to produce a variety show to share what it means to be a tough latke-making, dreidel spinning, menorah-lighting Jew.”

The two-minute video opens with the two characters, Luis and Jaquann, meeting on the street. Just as it seems as though they might go to blows, Jaquann notices a gold Chai around Luis’ neck. He pulls out his own gold chain, a Star of David, and the two are instant friends. They meet up in a normal looking suburban kitchen donning aprons that read “Kiss my Tuchas” and “Got Latkes?” to make latkes.

What’s so funny about that? Everything apparently. Blacks and Latinos who are “kinda” Jewish? Funny! Blacks and Latinos depicted as gang-bangers? Funny! Blacks and Latinos making Jewish food? Really, really funny!

Browsing through their Facebook page confirms that the video is, indeed, hilarious. At least for some. As one rabbi commented, “Nailed it. Great job & happy Hanukkah.” Another commenter wrote, “I love the video. Can’t stop watching it.” “This is the best video on the Internet,” raves another fan.

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