This post first appeared on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.
By now word has spread that Yisrael Beiteinu MK Anastasia Michaeli has insulted the gay community. As the Shmooze reported last week, Michaeli — who was already notorious for throwing water on an Arab MK — was recorded saying that homosexuality results from childhood abuse, and that gays “are miserable” and “in the end they commit suicide when they are 40.”
Michaeli publicly apologized…sort of: “I’m sorry if anyone was hurt. I respect the wishes of every person to live their own way, but a person’s everyday reality sometimes includes coping with difficult adversities, which is sometimes expressed, extremely, by suicide,” she said.
One entertainer thought she should apologize some more, and figured that getting her to do so would present a fun opportunity. Actor and impersonator Yossi Vider (he bills himself as “entertainer and ‘standup-ist’” on his Facebook page) decided to play a trick on Michaeli by impersonating President Shimon Peres on a phone call to her. The ostensible reason for the call was to express his (Peres’s) displeasure with the MK’s anti-gay remarks, and to ask her to apologize for them.
Click here to read more and hear the prank call.
© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.