Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sandler 2.0

I'm a little late getting to this, but my friend Daniel Treiman had a pretty funny article in The Forward a few weeks back arguing that Adam Sandler (schlub extraordinare) is, in fact, "the most important living Jewish commentator".

I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with you there.

Daniel's thesis is, more or less, that Sandler has done more to make Jewishness (or Israeliness, as is the case in "You Don't Mess with the Zohan") a normal, every day, accepted American thing.

It's true, there's something about Sandler that has penetrated the American psyche. When Eric Cartman was trapped in a robot-suit in Hollywood as "Awesome-o" and he was being asked for movie ideas, every single one seemed to involve Adam Sandler in some way. Did Eric (a fervent antisemite) care about Sandler's Jewishness? Not really. So in that sense, I think Daniel might be on to something...(but most important Jewish commentator? Come on!)

I'd say that Sandler has done as much for schlubs, though, as he has done for Jews.