The Horror of Thanksgivukkah

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

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A new parody video ignores the cutesy Menurkey and the creative fusion menus to deal with the shear horror of this year’s unique convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah.

The faux scary movie trailer, starring comic Yisrael Campbell, shows what happens when the celebratory customs of a non-Jewish family observing Thanksgiving collide with those of a Jewish family marking the eight-day Festival of Lights — and it ain’t pretty. The gentiles are overcome with fright as the Jews force them to extend their giving thanks from a single day to eight days.

“The Sullivans’ Thanksgiving Day is about to become eight days of hell,” the voiceover announcer says as Campbell, his wife and many children show up at the door.

“Are you ghosts?” asks the teenage daughter of the non-Jewish family. “No, we’re the Rosenblums,” answers the Jewish mother in a sinister nasally voice.

The Shoot East production traffics in stereotypes, but knowingly so. As we see the Jewish mother wrapping a turkey leg in a napkin and putting it in her purse, we hear: “From the people who brought you ‘The Chrismukkah Massacre’ comes a tale of stereotypes gone completely out of control.”

Click here to read more and watch the video.

© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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