Robin Williams was my childhood. From “Mrs. Doubtfire” to “Hook,” to “Aladdin,” to “Jumanji,” I can’t even keep track of all the moments of glee and laughter that he bestowed on countless of fans. Since hearing about his apparent suicide at the age of 63 last night, I still catch myself remembering snippets of dialogue, fleeting scenes that cause a rush of warm memories.
And I’m far from alone. It’s been extremely moving to read the rush of tributes and responses to Williams. Here are some of the best from Jewish celebrities whose lives — like mine, and so many others — he touched:
One of all time greatest. Will be missed. ;( http://t.co/HzgBrdlWsH— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) August 12, 2014
I wish Robin peace from whatever unrest raged within him and much more than gratitude for all the joy he gave us and leaves behind.— Carrie Fisher (@carrieffisher) August 12, 2014
Devastating news about @robinwilliams — knew him a little and liked him a whole lot more. A brain wired like no other and so so kind.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 12, 2014
Found out on set & watching old clips now before bed. Robin. I've always laughed with you, been inspired by you & will miss you dearly…— Dianna Agron (@DiannaAgron) August 12, 2014
No words.— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) August 12, 2014
#RobinWilliams was simply the World's most beloved comedian since Chaplin.— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) August 12, 2014
Israel’s embassy in Dublin has deleted a series of tweets showing iconic works of art, including the Mona Lisa, dressed as Jihadists. All images were captioned: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world.”
The images, captioned “Israel is the last frontier of the free world,” were sent from the embassy’s official Twitter account, Newsweek reports.
The Mona Lisa is portrayed wearing a hijab and holding a rocket, is stamped with the inscription: “Israel Now, Paris Is Next.” The statue of David, addressed to Italy, is dressed in a skirt of explosives.
Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue holds a gun and a message reading “Israel Now, Denmark is Next,” while Dublin’s own statue of Molly Malone is covered with a black niqab.
“There was no intention to cause insult or offense to anyone,” the Israeli ambassador Boaz Modai’s office explained to Newsweek.
The same Israeli embassy was criticized last week for posting the following tweet, likening Free Palestine activists to Hitler:
Nice and tactful, guys. Good job.
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.
(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:
Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who's trying to kill u - u can only hold her wrists so long before you have to slap her— Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 18, 2014
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.”
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.
Germany, relax! They're not Poland.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 8, 2014
Awkward time to be Nazi war criminal hiding out in Brazil.— netw3rk (@netw3rk) July 9, 2014
Of course the ever obvious:
Brazil did Nazi this coming.— World Cup 2014 (@FifaWorIdCup_14) July 8, 2014
Some pointed out the problem of Holocaust jokes:
All of these nazi jokes are out of mein kampfort zone anne frankly I'm offended— Nathan Kim (@nathantenders) July 8, 2014
And others attempted to be clever:
I do nazi see any hope for Brazil— Mary. M. Timmons (@muurrricatimz) July 8, 2014
Man the goalie really holocaust them the game, I bet Brazil's coach was like Aw Schwitz— Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) July 8, 2014
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.
chag pesach kasher v'sameach israel! (happy passover to everyone in israel and those time zones)— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) April 14, 2014
Chag Sameach to all celebrating!— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 14, 2014
How's the chametz hunt going? (Jewish version of an Easter egg hunt)— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) April 11, 2014
religion isn't a contest but matzah is def more normcore than peeps and cadbury eggs— Tavi Gevinson (@tavitulle) April 11, 2014
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.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
May he now get the answers he was always seeking.— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all. bc— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
Devastated about Harold Ramis…Groundhog Day is my favorite movie of all time. He made people happy and influenced so many, including me.— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 24, 2014
Why all the good ones? Harold Ramis will be missed. Gonna curl up and watch Stripes tonight.— Alex Borstein (@AlexBorstein) February 24, 2014
If you're my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 24, 2014
Stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Harold Ramis. A comedy hero…— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 24, 2014
No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 24, 2014
Oh no, Harold Ramis died. One of my filmmaking heroes. Caddyshack , Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day… So sad.— Eli Roth (@eliroth) February 24, 2014
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.”
(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.
CLOUD: - vapor floating in the atmosphere - remote servers used to SHARE DATA - to make LESS CLEAR or TRANSPARENT pic.twitter.com/jw9JlEi791ampmdash; Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) January 1, 2014
There’s only one thing LaBeouf forgot in his flawless plan. Clowes lives in the Bay Area, hundreds of miles from Los Angeles’ skies.
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.
I hope the great work started by Nelson Mandela continues to spread across the world. He will be remembered as an icon for equality.ampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 5, 2013
Nelson Mendela— one of the greatest people who ever lived. Rest In Peace.ampmdash; Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 5, 2013
Just heard the news about Nelson Mandela , so so sadampmdash; Rachel Stevens (@MsRachelStevens) December 5, 2013
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.
But why not cast Kat Dennings as Wonder Woman… 'cause, you know, boobs!ampmdash; Antonio Bifulco (@BifulcoArt) December 5, 2013
Even Superman had some thoughts on the matter:
What did I think about Gal Gadot being selected as Wonder Woman? pic.twitter.com/ZgeVVvPRV0ampmdash; Superman (@SupermanTweets) December 5, 2013
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:
It’s funny how Jennifer Lawrence loved @E_FashionPolice during Awards Season when we were complimenting her every single week…ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) November 12, 2013
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.
Great New York moment! Ordering a frankfurter from a street vendor, through the tinted window of my limo. pic.twitter.com/zJbHXHUM1qampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) September 4, 2013
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.”
Still lots of queries asking if H is some % Jewish? No idea where any rumours came from in but, categorically, he is 0% Jewish. Not at all.Xampmdash; Des Styles (@desstyles) August 11, 2013
Sorry girls. Apparently, a hebrew tattoo does not a member of the tribe make.
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.”
drake is gorgeousampmdash; amanda bynes (@amandabynes) July 19, 2013
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.
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.’ “
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!
So pleased to hear that William and Kate had a baby boy. Long live the future king. MBBampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) July 22, 2013
I mean now you almost have to name the baby "#RoyalBaby". Hashtag and everything.ampmdash; Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) July 22, 2013
When's the bris?ampmdash; Ariel Foxman (@arielfoxman) July 22, 2013
Congratulations to Kate & William on the birth of their baby boy! So relieved that his name won’t include the words Ivy or Apple.ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) July 22, 2013
8lbs 6oz. Interesting that babies are always in imperial units not metric…ampmdash; Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) July 22, 2013
Meanwhile, during #BabyWatch…
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!
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.
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly!ampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) July 8, 2013
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.
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.
I'm In Love With Someone Else Who I Do Not Follow On Twitter Who Is The Most Gorgeous Man I Know But Drake Comes In Secondampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) July 2, 2013
Drake Is The Most Gorgeous Man On The Face Of The Earthampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) July 2, 2013
Tell us, Amanda! The anticipation is too much to bear.