I was really worried that I’d have nothing to write about today. Seems like it’s just the same old stuff rehashed – people pissed off at Sharon about his comments regarding French Jews, other people so pissed off at Sharon that they want to kill him, Arafat is still in trouble, the Jewish community in New Zealand is still upset about recent grave desecrations … I know these are all important things, but this blog has turned me into a news junkie and I don’t want to just be informed, I want to be entertained.

Kinky FriedmanAnd then along comes Kinky Friedman, riding to the rescue like a Western hero of days gone by. Decades before there was Matisyahu, 50 Shekel, the Hoodios, Remedy Ross and the whole new crop of Jewish hipster musicians, there was Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jew Boys – the original bad ass Jewish Hipsters. With country and western hits like “They’re not Making Jews like Jesus Anymore,” Kinky was so improbable, so over the top, so uncool that he was in fact the coolest thing ever.

So what’s nuttier than a Jewish country and western singer? How about a Jewish country and western singer running for Governor of Texas? In this era of Arnie, Jesse and uh … George, such a scenario is not so improbable, and as Friedman demonstrates in Forward, not so nutty. I mean they can do worse. They have done worse. Go Kinkster!

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.

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