This post first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.
Anyone who has been following The Groggers’ rise to Jewish pop-punk stardom knows that the band likes to push the envelope. But they may have pushed it too far with their latest video, “Jewcan Sam: A Nose Job Love Song.”
Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a 40-year-old Miami plastic surgeon is under investigation by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for professional ethics violations resulting from his having commissioned the music video from The Groggers. Salzhauer claims that he was only trying to reach out to the social media-savvy younger generation, and that the ultimate message of the video — that no one should undergo plastic surgery to please someone else — is actually positive.
Notwithstanding the doctor’s assertions, there is much to question about “Jewcan Sam,” which plays out a story of a yarmulke-wearing male high school student who, despite his fears of going under the knife, has his shnoz “circumcised” to please the girl he likes. In the end, the girl of his dreams rebuffs him despite his new, less “Jewish” sniffer. To his dismay, the young man’s hot teacher hits on him, instead.
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