Posts Tagged ‘Lady Gaga’

Looking At The World Through Smoked Meat-Tinted Glasses

June 30, 2011

This post first appeared as “Jewish Deli-Inspired Sunglasses? All the Stars Are Wearing Them” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.

Corey Shapiro at the Snowdon Deli

Corey Shapiro likes his food salty and his eyewear sweet. Ever loyal to his roots in the ‘hood, the young personal eyewear consultant to the stars has designed custom shades inspired by his native Montreal’s Snowdon Deli. Big names like Lady Gaga, Cee Lo Green, Snoop Dogg and Perez Hilton may never have eaten the pastrami there, but they owe their hot looks to this Formica palace.

Never again will the Snowdon Deli be considered chopped liver in comparison to Schwartz’s. The latter’s Montreal smoked meat may be world famous, but now everyone knows there is a direct connection between the Snowdon Deli and the celebrity universe.

Click here to read more and watch a video of Cee Lo Green picking out a pair of “Snowdon Deli Edition” sunglasses.

© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

And Now For A Little Dissonance

June 3, 2010

What is it with Orthodox Jews and Lady Gaga songs? First, we saw the Tichel Cuties rolling challah, wanting Mashiach and turning away potential suitors now that they are engaged, while posing and strutting (oh yeah, and also crawling seductively) to the music of the bigger-than-life alter ego of one Stefani Germanotta.

And now we have a Hassidic all-male (of course) band introducing the bride and groom at a wedding celebration with a rousing rendition of Bad Romance. How, I would like to know, do a bunch of Hassidim know Lady Gaga music and like it enough to play it at a frum wedding? I guess they like it well enough, but they certainly don’t really know it. If they did, would they have chosen a song with this title as a way of introducing a newlywed couple? I would hope not. This seems to be a case of either ignorance or really bad taste. I’ll give the guys the benefit of the doubt.

© 2010 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Tantalizing Tichels

May 28, 2010

Look what just hit the internet yesterday – the Tichel Cuties (tichel being the scarf that traditionally observant Jewish women wear over their hair once they are married) singing a kosher version of some Lady Gaga songs. Well, maybe kosher, but not so innocent. The sexual overtones – not to mention some of the lyrics – in this video caused me to be pretty sure that this is all a satire…Right?

The video was posted to YouTube as an “Ofn Tisch” (Yiddish for “on the table”) production by site member “dugree” (Hebrew/Arabic slang for “telling it straight” – as in, no bullshitting around). But if you look closely, you can see that it bears the mark of the Bible Raps Project duo Matt Bar and Ori Salzberg (who can be seen in some of his videos wearing a t-shirt imprinted with “dati l’lo kippah”  – non-yarmulke-wearing religious Jew).

Most importantly, it’s stated at the end of “Chagaga! (Tichel Cuties)” that “No actual married women appeared in this video.” Whew, what a relief.

© 2010 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Update: This was cross-posted  as “Meet the ‘Tichel Cuties'” on The Sisterhood blog of The Forward on May 31. Click here to read it.

Update: Mystery solved. Click here to read an interview with one of the young women in the video and get answers to questions people have been asking about it, like: Is this a parody? Who’s idea was this? What’s the idea behind this bizarre video? Is there a point someone is trying to make here?