Someone should have told Alicia Silverstone that once your claim to fame is a movie called “Clueless,” it’s probably a good idea to avoid spouting real-life clueless rhetoric.
In her her new book, “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning,” the 37-year-old wrote that she will not have her son circumcised because: “If little boys were supposed to have their penises ‘fixed,’ did that mean we were saying that God made the body imperfect?”
Ah, the glory of logic.
Apparently, her parents weren’t too pleased by the decision.
“I was raised Jewish, so the second my parents found out that they had a male grandchild, they wanted to know when we’d be having a bris (the Jewish circumcision ceremony traditionally performed eight days after a baby is born),” she writes. “When I said we weren’t having one, my dad got a bit worked up.”
According to Haaretz, Silverstone has long been open about her Jewish upbringing. In a profile written for interfaithfamily.com in 2000, Silverstone said that she grew up in California attending a Reform Temple.
“I was reared in a traditional Jewish household,” Silverstone . “We lit candles Friday night and had seders. My brother David and I went to Hebrew school and had our bar mitzvahs. I have wonderful memories of my bat mitzvah.”
Zac Efron is Jewish. Really. He can prove it.
In fact, he did.
In a new video for Comedy Central’s “Workaholics,” Efron and Seth Rogen (his co-star in “Neighbors”) interview for a job with Adam (Adam DeVine), Blake (Blake Anderson) and Ders (Anders Holm).
“I think if you add a Jewish person, you’d probably be more edgy because you’d have a minority in your group,” Rogen says, in an effort to play the diversity card.
And then Efron drops the bombshell: Diversity, shmiversity — he’s Jewish too.
The guys then pressure Efron to prove it, chanting: “We’ve got to see that d–k. We’ve got to see that d–k.”
Which he then does, saying: “There, see? Full circumcised.”
Reaction: “Oh my god, it’s amazing. It is f–king gorgeous,” Rogen says. “Did Leonardo Di Vinci circumcise you? It’s beautiful. Your balls have a six-pack! Put it away! Put it away, it’s too nice!”
Watch the full clip above.
The Shmooze can think of at least one guy who won’t be performing a bris anytime soon.
John Patterson, a doctor at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky., is in court this week, facing a lawsuit for amputating a penis during what was intended to be a circumcision. He’s being sued by Phillip Seaton, who’s already reached an undisclosed settlement with the hospital out of court.
Patterson was supposed to circumcise Seaton in 2007 because of “inflammation” — but says he amputated the tip of his patient’s penis after discovering a potentially fatal form of cancer during the procedure.
Phone-throwing Oscar winner Russell Crowe has come out swinging against circumcision — specifically the Jewish kind — in a Twitter rant he subsequently retracted (sort of).
Calling the ritual “barbaric and stupid,” Crowe said he “love[s] my Jewish friends,” but that ” if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f**k off, I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”
The punctuation-impaired actor explained that “I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires,” asking, “Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin?”
The “Gladiator” star directed one of the posts at Jewish director Eli Roth, with whom he worked on the upcoming “The Man With the Iron Fists.” Roth responded via a tweet of his own, “You didn’t seem to be complaining when I was recutting you this afternoon…”
As the perpetual battle over circumcision continues, a Canadian doctor is proposing an interesting compromise — but one that would preclude the procedure as it’s performed according to Jewish tradition.
Writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Noni MacDonald is suggesting that the surgery be conducted only on boys of 11 or 12 years of age. Her rationale is that, from a medical standpoint, there’s no need to perform the procedure earlier, since the health benefits of circumcision — such as lowering the risk of HIV infection — only kick in when a boy becomes sexually active. By early adolescence, she argues, boys are better able to make their own decisions about whether to undergo the surgery.
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