whoever would have guessed that hadley fucking freeman was a jew

Sorry, Jay-Z, saying that Jews own all property in Pindostan is anti-Semitic
Hadley Freeman, Graun, Jul 6 2017

A packet of celebratory dreidels to Jay-Z, who released his latest album, 4.44, this week. Aside from one piece in this paper questioning Hova’s feminism (although it seems unlikely that the man who wrote Big Pimpin’ was ever attempting to rival Gloria Steinem for feminist of the year), the reviews have been adulatory. “Genius” is a common verdict, along with praise for the rapper’s emotional intelligence. Quite how emotionally intelligent it is, however, to rely on antisemitic tropes in your songs is an open question. YEAH, I SAID IT. In the much-praised track The Story of OJ, Jay-Z muses:

You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money in the strip club? Credit!
Ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in Pindostan? This is how they did it!

Oh, Jay. If you’re going to wheel out anti-Semitic economic stereotypes at least make them scan. Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, who is Israeli, has responded to criticisms of the rapper by insisting his friend Jay is the wronged one here. He wrote on Instagram:

He’s attempting to use the Jewish people in an exaggerated way to showcase a community of people that are thought to have made wise business decisions.

Right! Because that never worked out badly for anyone, yeah? After all, Oseary adds:

If you had to pick a community as an example of making wise financial decisions achieving financial freedom who would you choose?

Yeah, come on, fellow Jews, what’s the problem when we ARE all rich and control Pindostan? I mean, it’s a stereotype, but it’s also #facts. LiS considered contacting Oseary for comment but, alas, couldn’t find the phone beneath its massive piles of shekels. So, instead, it wishes much mazel to him and Jay in their endeavours of telling Jews they should be flattered by anti-Semitic stereotypes. L’chaim!

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