This morning on the Howard Stern Show Elle MacPherson gave a few million listeners a lesson on cultural sensitivity. I missed the beginning of the interview but I was taken aback when Howard started asking her questions about how her 14 year old son felt about her having naked photos of herself around the house. Elle MacPherson avoided the question as well as any guest can and then in frustration she said, “You sound like a Jewish psychiatrist”.
In looking at the words it doesn’t sound particularly offensive, but in the context of the conversation and the fact that it was clearly meant as an insult. I’m unsure which is worse in Elle MacPherson’s mind, being Jewish or being a psychiatrist. Since I’m not one to look inward much it’s a question I’d rather she answer.
There was a bit of discussion about the Jewish men she’d dated and how “wonderful” they are. It’s that awkward moment after I’ve made a disparaging remark about black people and then I name my African American friends… I’ve always appreciated that y’all have silently nodded while I’ve dug my own grave and I think that Howard was giving Elle that same courtesy. She did in fact kiss a Jewish boy when she was just 13.
When she felt like she was being nagged Elle MacPherson told Howard that he was sounding like a Jewish Mother and again when she wanted to insult his looks she said he was “so Jewish”. As she continued insulting the host and talking about how ugly he was the interview abruptly ended. I’d enjoy seeing that video.
Elle MacPherson never came out and said, “Jews are annoying and ugly”… instead she sort of intimated it. I won’t come right out and say that the Elle MacPherson is ugly on the inside and annoying, I’ll just intimate it.
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