|Before you complain,|
please realize that this is a relatively discrete photo,
compared to what else is out there.
In the March 30, 2015 issue of The New Yorker, actress and writer Lena Dunham compares her Jewish boyfriend to a dog in a meant-to-be humorous quiz.
Lena Dunham is famous for appearing naked on TV, and for doing so in spite of weighing more than most TV stars do.
Her New Yorker quiz is a list of 35 items. Each item is meant to be funny because it could be about a dog or a Jew. Samples:
"He comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don't acknowledge their own need for independence as women. They are sucked dry by their children, who ultimately leave them as soon as they find suitable mates.
He expects to be waited on hand and foot by the women in his life, and anything less than that makes him whiny and distant.
He doesn't tip.
He's really more of an ass man.
He has a sensitive stomach and has to take two Dramamine before entering any moving vehicle.
Every week it's some new health issue: urine crystals, sprained foot, beef allergy.
He has hair all over his body, like most males who share his background.
He once vomited on his seatmate in United business class, then ran up and down the aisle in a panic."
What is immediately apparent is that the whole thing, like Lena Dunham herself, is embarrassingly, painfully, weird, narcissistic, and unfunny. You keep waiting for it to be over but keep reading out of perverse fascination.
But is it anti-Semitic?
I'm not sure. Our culture gives people the right to mock and stereotype their own. Chris Rock on African Americans, Joan Rivers on women, David Chase on Italians.
Various blogs say yes it is anti-Semitic, including Kveller linked here.
Read Lena Dunham compare her Jewish boyfriend to a dog in The New Yorker here.