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Not Offensive, Just Kinda Stupid

What’s most notable about the film’s use of blackface is how much softer it is compared with the rather more vulgar and far less loving exploitation of what you might call Jewface. Hands down the most noxious character in “Tropic Thunder” is Les Grossman, the producer of the movie-within-a-movie, who’s played by an almost unrecognizable Tom Cruise under a thick scum of makeup and latex. Heavily and heavy-handedly coded as Jewish, the character is murderous, repellent and fascinating, a grotesque from his swollen fingers to the heavy gold dollar sign nestled on his yeti-furred chest.  link

Jewface? Huh? Other than his name (Les Grossman) there is nothing “coded as Jewish” in his appearance or demeanor, and most certainly not “heavily and heavy-handedly,” unless Manhola considers baldness, hairy chests, gold chains, and belligerent attitudes to be code for Jew. I’m afraid  Jews don’t have a monopoly on those traits, Manhola. This is what I would more precisely term as heavily coded for Jewish:

And this is what I call worth the price of admission to a film that is really not very funny and full of belabored jokes:

2 Responses to “Not Offensive, Just Kinda Stupid”

  1. Aryeh
    September 2nd, 2008 | 12:09 am

    Really? Nothing there about him being Jewish? How about this quote featured on
    Les Grossman: Let’s face it, the kids aren’t exactly dressing up as The Scorcher for Purim anymore.
    Know what Purim is? Well, if not, that’s exactly my point. It’s one of the lesser recognized Jewish holidays. Now, would anyone but a Jew use that expression? I think not.

  2. September 2nd, 2008 | 4:59 am

    i didn’t hear that line in the film, i was probably in a daze from all the dumbness. and i left the movie early it was so dumb. but i’m guessing since you’re quoting a web site and not the film you haven’t seen it at all?

    who hasn’t heard of purim, what a condescending question. i guess i should prove my jewishness somehow?

    at any rate, you’re right, that is evidence of jewishness. still not offensive.