I’m not usually a fan of parodies. That’s not to say I don’t like humor – au contraire! But like Leah once wrote for JWA, I, too, often find parodies to be uncreative, offensive or both. Still, even I was taken in by the latest pop culture parody to hit the web. “Black & Jewish,” performed by actresses Kali Hawk (Bridesmaids) and Katerina Graham (Vampire Diairies) is a take on Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow,” and it’s among the better parodies I’ve seen.
Though “Black and Jewish” touches on just about every stereotype ever conjured about blacks and Jews (“My nose and ass – they’re both big!”), I actually found it to be endearing and unoffensive. In fact, I was pleased to see two black Jewish women celebrating their dual heritages, stereotypes and all, and letting the world know, through humor, that black Jews do, in fact, exist – and that these cultures can coexist harmoniously (though I doubt KFC has ever actually played host to a bat mitzvah). In that way, “Black and Jewish” isn’t just funny – it’s educational!
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