On Monday, a Jewish Golden Globe-winning actress decided to issue a Chanukah tweet that would offend any Jew taking the holiday (and Judaism) seriously, posting a picture of a menorah that was shaped like a woman’s genitals and trumpeting her “custom-made labia menorah.”
Happy Chanukah, here’s our custom made labia menorah. pic.twitter.com/iwkfiU49Xh
— Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) December 3, 2018
Rachel Bloom wrote and plays the lead role of Rebecca Bunch in the CW comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. In May 2013, she released her first album of musical comedy, “Please Love Me,” which included the songs “F*** Me, Ray Bradbury” and “You Can Touch My Boobies.” In November 2013, she released her second album, “Suck It, Christmas,” which mocked circumcision, Jews who mourn Jews who have been killed over the centuries, and G-d, portraying him as merciless.
It might behoove Bloom to show some respect for her forebears and their devotion to what they believed, instead of mocking it with a seeming feminist-obsessed version of something regarded as holy. But then, talking smutty has a real appeal for her; in November New York Magazine interviewed her, and here was part of the result:
“I want to do a new album, but of all super dirty songs,” Bloom said, explaining that she has accumulated a bunch of “dirty, dirty song ideas” while writing for her CW show. “I have a song called Rub Your Pussy on It that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve sung it in the writers’ room.” Bloom added that she also on contract to write a book and had pitched a musical film with Paul Feig that no one bought, but is otherwise at mercy of people with money who may or may not want to fund her ideas. “I have TV pitches, I have theater ideas, but it’s kind of up to other people to decide,” Bloom said. “Unless you are actively paying for your own stuff, you’re at the mercy of other people to tell you what you can and cannot make.”
Bloom seems obsessed with speaking of her genitalia, as Bustle illustrated in an article in late November in which tweets from her account show just how much she is focused on the issue.
Just for Bloom’s edification, the menorah used for Chanukah recalls the Jewish people’s fight against Hellenists, people who embraced values that celebrated the secular rather than the divine and wanted the Jewish people to give up their devotion to eschewing the profane. Even then, there were Jews that chose the Hellenistic culture rather that the practices of their ancestors. It’s a cautionary note for her that those Jews were lost to history while the Jews who kept the faith, much like Christians who defied the Roman Empire and kept faith with their ancestors, bore spiritual descendants who survive today.
Bloom may enjoy the temporary adulation she receives for mocking the faith of her ancestors, but her own ancestors likely would grieve that she was ultimately mocking them, too.