Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I think I'm the only one who got Stephen Colbert's best joke tonight.

Admittedly, it's a bit of a thinker. I've given you a clue.

"Wow. Bill Donoghue really opened my eyes. I had no idea that secular Jews were keeping Catholics down. Food for thought.
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--Steven Colbert, a Catholic

12 comments:

Jodasm said...

Blood libel?

Anonymous said...

i remember thinking about it for a little while last night and not getting it. explanation?

Anonymous said...

is it a "stewart v. colbert" joke? i didn't see the show.

reyonthehill said...

Okay, I'm thinking... "secular Jew." Is that the joke?

Anonymous said...

no, there are in fact secular jews. big colbert fan here . . . still don't get the joke!

The Deceiver said...

Stephen Colbert wasn't exactly "kept down" by secular Jews, now, was he? One might suggest that Colbert has had a great deal of support from people who fit Donoghue's definition of "secular Jew."

There is one guy in particular who sort of springs to mind...

reyonthehill said...

Oh boy, am I slow.

Here is my question: When does a secularist drop the religious affiliation that follows? (e.g., when does a "secular Jew" become a "secularist?")

Does Stewart really believe in the biblical teachings? I have thought that Stewart has been using his Jewish heritage as a punchline, and that he has disavowed of the faith. But the Colbert line is funny, nonetheless.

Anonymous said...

i don't think he's "diavowed his faith" . . . there's a big difference between passively not practicing and actively "disavowing"

reyonthehill said...

Stewart comes across as an atheist (or agnostic) to me, but that may just be his television persona. Who knows what he truly believes? Maybe Larry King does.

The Deceiver said...

It took me a while to grok what Colbert meant, too. He signed off saying that, so I knew it was meant to be pointed. I was up for a couple of hours afterward, and part of my brain just kept nudging it.

As for Stewart, I was under the impression that he was a typical Reform Jew. But, fuck, what do I know?

Fletch said...

You mean that last line wasn't a veiled reference to the "body and blood of Christ"?

Sharon Rose said...

I'm a secular Jew. Ethnic Jew, whatever. I'm 100% Russian Jew genetically, but I neither go to temple nor speak Russian. I love the Seder but to me it's a roots thing, not a religious experience.

PS - I hate bananas.