The Shmooze

One Direction Divided Over Gaza

By Anne Cohen

One Direction is at a crossroads.

It seems that two members of the popular British boy band have very different opinions when it comes to the war in Gaza.

Frontman (and sometimes Jewish wannabe) Harry Styles was criticized last week for being too pro-Israel, after he started following Israel journalist Lliana Bird on Twitter, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

Now, bandmate Zayn Malik has chimed in, tweeting out a “#FreePalestine” message to his 13 million followers. So far, it has received over 150,000 retweets.

But not all fans were pleased. Per the Jewish Chronicle:

One fan told the 21-year-old, who was raised as a Muslim in Bradford, Yorkshire, that he should be “ashamed”. Another wrote: “I’m so disappointed right now”. One Israeli tweeted: “It broke me that one of my idols wants me to die”.

The two tween heartthrobs join a growing number of celebrities who have taken to social media to air their views on Operation Protective Edge. Just last week, Joan Rivers passionately defended Israel on TMZ.

Hopefully, Styles and Malik can agree to disagree — we wouldn’t want One Direction parting ways.

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Celebrities Tweet the Middle East — With Controversial Results

By Julie Wiener

(JTA) — First, there were the celebrity tweeter and deleters.

As the Israel-Gaza conflict continues to spark a proxy war on Twitter and other social media, numerous celebrities are getting themselves caught in the crossfire.

Earlier this week, both singer Rihanna and basketball player Dwight Howard alienated partisans on both sides by tweeting the #FreePalestine hashtag — and then deleting it.

Then former Justin Bieber paramour Selena Gomez decided to get all political and post a “Pray For Gaza” photo on her Instagram feed.

Fans got upset, so she posted a photo of herself meditating on the beach with the caption: “And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!”

Now comedian Bill Maher is irking feminists (and, presumably, Hamas supporters) with the following post:

Jezebel took issue with the “crazy woman” analogy: “Making a joke about hitting a woman to make a point about a country where people are being killed is just gross.”

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3.2 Gazillion 'Nazi' Jokes on Twitter for World Cup

By Rachel X. Landes

As Germany hammered Brazil during the World Cup match yesterday 7-1, Twitter exploded in reaction tweets. With a record 36.6 million tweets were sent out during the match, the Germany-Brazil match became the most discussed sports event in Twitter history.

Unsurprisingly a large fraction of those tweets were, well, Nazi jokes.

Of course the ever obvious:

Some pointed out the problem of Holocaust jokes:

And others attempted to be clever:

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Celebrities, They're Just Like Us: Passover Edition

By Anne Cohen


For once, it doesn’t matter if you live in an L.A. mega-mansion or a tiny New York apartment – you’ve still got to clean out your hametz. A happy Passover from all your favorite Jewish celebrities.

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Jewish Comedy Mourns Harold Ramis

By Anne Cohen

RIP Egon Spengler.

Jewish actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, known for “Ghostbusters,” and “Stripes,” and “Groundhog Day,”has died. He was 69 years old. News of his death rattled Hollywood, with many colleagues, friends and admirers taking to Twitter to share their shock and grief, and pay tribute to his work.

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When 10-Year-Old Mayim Bialik Met Cyndi Lauper

By Anne Cohen

Throwback Thursday (#TBT, for those who don’t know) is the perfect time for celebrities show us (carefully chosen) snippets of their past on Twitter and Facebook. This week, Mayim Bialik wins the cool kid contest with a picture showing a 10-year-old (and too adorable for words) Mayim casually hanging with Cyndi Lauper.

The “Big Bang Theory,” in which Bialik stars as quirky neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, would probably have a long-winded theory about past encounters influencing future stardom in the cosmic universe of something or other.

We’ll just quote Cyndi and say, “Girls just want to have fun.”

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Shia LaBeouf Writes Apology in the Sky

By Talia Lavin

(JTA) – Shia LaBeouf, the 27-year-old “Transformers” star, has been the center of a plagiarism controversy.

LaBeouf’s recently released short film, entitled “HowardContour.com,” appears to be a near-exact replica of veteran cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ 2008 comic “Justin M. Damiano.” Clowes was apparently blindsided by the plagiarism, telling Buzzfeed that he had no idea of the film’s existence until it was released online in December 2013.

LaBeouf has been tweeting bizarre apologies for weeks — many of which turned out to be plagiarized themselves, from sources as diverse as Robert McNamara and Mark Zuckerberg.

But on Thursday, LaBeouf topped himself — literally: he took to the skies, tweeting an image of a sky-written message. Because clearly writing “I AM SORRY DANIEL CLOWES” in the sky above Los Angeles was a logical response to this situation.

There’s only one thing LaBeouf forgot in his flawless plan. Clowes lives in the Bay Area, hundreds of miles from Los Angeles’ skies.

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Celebrities Mourn Nelson Mandela

By Anne Cohen

Nelson Mandela, icon of South African freedom, passed away today at the age of 95. People around the world signed on to Twitter to mourn collectively, and celebrities were no exception.

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Internet: Gal Gadot's Boobs Aren't Big Enough for Wonder Woman

By Anne Cohen

Yesterday, the Internet was abuzz with the fact that Israeli supermodel Gal Gadot had been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman.”

But not all were enthusiastic. Apparently, fans are concerned that the former Miss Israel’s, ahem, assets aren’t up to scale.

Basically, her boobs aren’t big enough.

Even Superman had some thoughts on the matter:

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Joan Rivers Picks on Jennifer Lawrence — Wrong Move

By Anne Cohen

Joan Rivers picked the wrong lady to mess with.

The “Fashion Police” diva was irked by some comments made by Jennifer Lawrence — otherwise known as Queen of Awesome and America’s favorite person — during a Q&A with Yahoo! employees last week.

“There are shows like ‘The Fashion Police’ that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on all the wrong values and that it’s OK to point at people and call them ugly or fat,” the “Hunger Games” star said when asked about the pressure to be perfect.

Joan was not amused and sent out a series of tweets slamming the most likeable celebrity on the planet:

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Joan Rivers Knows How It's Done

By Anne Cohen

Joan Rivers knows how to do things. She can dress, she can walk and she can definitely talk. But just like other humans, Joan Rivers has to eat. Only, as always, she does it better.

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Harry Styles Isn't Jewish

By Anne Cohen

The verdict is in on Harry Styles — by way of his dad.

As Jewcy pointed out, Des Styles, “Gemma & Harry Styles’ dad. Sales and Marketing Director for Quickdox. Man Utd fan,” as described in his Twitter bio, has confirmed that his son — and One Direction heartthrob — is not Jewish. “Not at all.”

Sorry girls. Apparently, a hebrew tattoo does not a member of the tribe make.

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Drake Finally Responds to Amanda Bynes

By Anne Cohen

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Drake is finally speaking out about Amanda Bynes’ strange love/hate tweets about him.

“I don’t even know who that is doing that or what that’s about,” the Jewish Canadian rapper told XXL, whose 150th anniversary issue bears his face. ” If that is her, I guess it’s a little weird and disturbing. It’s obviously a behavioral pattern that is way bigger than me.”

“Whoever is behind it, whether it’s her or somebody else, they know people are paying attention so they keep it going,” he added.

Bynes first started tweeting about Drake in March, when she asked him to “murder her vagina.”. She has called him “ugly” countless times, asked to be friends, declared him to be the man of her dreams and labeled him “gorgeous.”

Incidentally, the latter was her last tweet before her latest shenanigans landed the starlet in lockup.

The troubled actress is currently being held on a court-ordered extended 5150 psychiatric hold in a California institution after she attempted to start a fire in someone’s driveway in late July,

Despite the long-awaited acknowledgement of his power over Amanda Bynes’ heart and mind, the best part of Drake’s interview is his take on what it means to be successful: “I get Jewish people coming up to me proud like, “Mazel Tov, bro. Come to my house for Shabbat dinner.”

For more on Drake’s new album, his dream to outdo Kanye West and what post-“Degrassi: The Next Generation” life is like, check out the full XXL interview here.

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Of Course Sydney Leathers Has a Sex Tape

By Anne Cohen

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Anthony Weiner

Surprise, surprise. Syndey Leathers, Anthony Weiner’s latest virtual paramour, has a sex tape.

Subscribers of Vivid Entertainment — incidentally, the same company that Farrah Abraham sold her sex tape to — now have access to two videos of Leathers: a 35-minute video of her photo shoot, complete with frontal nudity and an 18-minute follow up in which Leathers talks about her relationship with the disgraced mayoral candidate.

“Initially Anthony Weiner had poked me on Facebook, and that’s how our conversation started from there,” Leathers told said in a preview video, wearing a black teddy.

“I was shocked and flattered at the same time when I saw that he poked me. And then as the conversations progressed, it quickly turned sexual and it was the same thing. I was just shocked and flattered.”

According to the New York Post, Leathers didn’t hold back. Wearing an unbuttoned white men’s shirt, and wrapped in an American flag, she reportedly said that Weiner wanted to turn his fantasy to reality.

“He kind of talked about maybe helping me get a condo in Chicago and then that became this whole other fantasy of, you know, ‘Well how will I sneak in and out without people recognizing me? How will we have sex and have the neighbors not hearing,’ that type of thing,” Leathers said.

But Weiner isn’t the only one with the celebrity aura. The latest sexting scandal combined with her newly launched sex tape has given Leathers a taste of fame. People even recognize her on the street, she said.

“It’s happening more frequently,” she noted. “In passing the other day, someone said, ‘Oh there’s the Weiner girl.’ “

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Mazel Tov: Jewish Stars Talk Royal Baby

By Anne Cohen

Royal baby frenzy is in full swing as the British — and for some reason, everyone else on the planet — await the birth of the future heir to the throne.

If you manage to pry your eyes away from the live baby cam that The Telegraph has pointed at the doors of Saint Mary’s Hospital where Kate Middleton is reportedly in labor (in the hopes that sheer eagerness will force them to burst open, perhaps?), here is what Hollywood had to say about the impending birth.

UPDATE: IT’S A BOY!

Meanwhile, during #BabyWatch…

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Could Zach Braff be in 'Magic Mike 2'?

By Anne Cohen

Does Zach Braff have what it takes to be cast with the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Joe Manganiello and Channing Tatum in the upcoming stripper sequel?

Judge for yourself!

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Amanda Bynes Calls The Obamas 'Ugly'

By Anne Cohen

There’s a new contender in Amanda Bynes’ ever evolving Twitter challenge of looks. This time, the ex-actress takes on the President and First Lady, adding them both to her ugly list.

Take comfort, Mr. President: You are not alone. As The Huffington Post pointed out, Drake, Chrissy Teigen, Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z, Sarah Hyland, Lance Bass, Courtney Love, Perez Hilton, Kid Cudi and many more have been featured on Bynes’ ugly who’s who list in the last couple of months.

Wondering what Amanda Bynes thinks of you? Well, you can probably guess, but The Huffington Post made this nifty flowchart to illustrate her thinking process.

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Who Is Amanda Bynes' Secret Love?

By Anne Cohen

Amanda Bynes is in love.

With whom, you ask? Well, we don’t know. What we do know is that it’s someone she doesn’t follow on Twitter, and that Drake, who has been the target of everything from her sexual fantasies to angry rants about his looks, is a close second.

Tell us, Amanda! The anticipation is too much to bear.

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Free Undies For Lena Dunham

By Anne Cohen

Buying underwear is so 2010. Lena Dunham’s found a better way: she gets them delivered for free.

The writer/director/star of “Girls” confessed her hatred for the politically correct undergarment via Twitter, adding that HBO provides her with a pair every morning onset.

Girls is currently shooting its third season.

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Stars Mourn James Gandolfini

By Anne Cohen

Nothing makes the Twittersphere explode like the death of a beloved star, and no exception was made for James Gandolfini, who died last night at age 51. After news broke of “The Sopranos” star sudden heart attack in Italy, Hollywood rushed to express its shock and grief in 140 characters.

Bye, bye Tony. We’ll miss you too.

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