Garrison Keillor lambasts Jewish guys for writing all those “lousy Christmas songs.”
Garrison Keillor, self-appointed cultural representative of regular old Americans, ruffled some feathers yesterday with a mildly xenophobic rant about Christmas. After lambasting a Unitarian church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for “spiritual piracy and cultural elitism”—tweaking the lyrics of “Silent Night” for a singalong, in layman’s terms—he turned his ire in a different direction:
And all those lousy holiday songs by Jewish guys that trash up the malls every year, Rudolph and the chestnuts and the rest of that dreck. Did one of our guys write ‘Grab your loafers, come along if you wanna, and we’ll blow that shofar for Rosh Hashanah’? No, we didn’t. Christmas is a Christian holiday—if you’re not in the club, then buzz off. Celebrate Yule instead or dance around in druid robes for the solstice. Go light a big log, go wassailing and falalaing until you fall down, eat figgy pudding until you puke, but don’t mess with the Messiah. BALTIMORE SUN
This is shocking in how it disparages Jews and a very significant Jewish contribution that could very well be termed a “gift” to our Christian brethren. Irving Berlin, a Jew who wrote “White Christmas,” a perennial favorite at Christmastime, must be rolling over in his grave.
Perhaps Keillor wants to repudiate the religion given to him by another Jew.
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