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Wodka Vodka

Anti-Semitic Billboard Pulled

For Being Super Anti-Semitic

11/24/2011 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Wodka Vodka billboard -- christmas quality, hanukkah pricing
Some dumbass at the Wodka Vodka company thought he could post a billboard reading, "Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing" ... and everything would be cool. He was wrong.

The billboard -- posted in New York -- was taken down after the company received scores of phone calls and complaints from the Anti-Defamation League.

A rep for the ADL released a statement saying, "In a crude and offensive way of trying to make a point that their vodka is high quality and inexpensive, the billboards evoke a Jewish holiday to imply something that is cheap and of lesser value when compared to the higher value of a Christian holiday."

The rep added the billboard "reinforces anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

According to the Washington Post, the guy in charge of the moronic campaign is Brian Gordon -- who says he is Jewish and didn't intend to offend anyone ... explaining the billboard was supposed to convey that Hanukkah is an "understated" holiday.


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darthcuban    

Lets point out how insensitive this company is while a giant Smirnoff ad fills my screen. I see what you did here TMZ.

1033 days ago
17.

moso    

That's just funny. There are Jewish people everywhere but I have never seen more than here in NY. Get over it. People talk trash about anything now a days. It's just clever advertising.. anything you say OFFENDS people. You aren't even allowed to say MERRY CHRISTMAS for it will offend someone..Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Hell no!!! It's Happy Holidays!!!! If you don't like it, don't read it and follow your own practices without making the rest change theirs!!!!! GET OVER IT!!!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!!

1033 days ago
18.

Mikey    

I'm waiting for the billboard that says if you don't drink Wodka Vodka F you.

1033 days ago
19.

rsmik    

The ad guy's dad obviously made his son work his way through college

1033 days ago
20.

LeeMoney    

Had this been a billboard bashing gays there would have been 500+ comments and nation wide outrage...what a joke

1033 days ago
21.

Leader of the ignorant masses    

So the guy who came up with it is Jewish? Hmmm reminds me of Family Guy.

"Well, look-a-here, Hershel. We got us one of them self-hating Jews."

1033 days ago
22.

cindy    

What's the big deal?! People are way too sensative these days.

1033 days ago
23.

Carissa    

We, as a nation, are taking away our own right to freedom of speech with crap like this. Tmz is perpetuating that with it's "dumbass" and "getaway" comments, as if some great injustice had been done. The same company that plays "Jew not a Jew" is hollering about antisemitism in a dumb poster. STFU

1033 days ago
24.

EarthAngel    

When you can't laugh at yourself you probably have more "serious" issues to attend to LOL

1033 days ago
25.

Poppa one 2    

Those canines are wearing lil hats

1033 days ago
26.

EarthAngel    

Very clever TMZ with the Smirnoff ad superimposed over this story....nicely played

1033 days ago
27.

Buster    

Yea, because no one every knew a frugal Jewish person.

1033 days ago
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soulofanangel    

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What crazy times. You CAN'T make a joke, you CAN'T have an opinion, you CAN'T express disgust, you CAN'T be in the United States of America can you?
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1033 days ago
29.

Joey    

OMG Are you kidding? It was meant to be funny not Anti Semetic. @ Her Imperial Majesty Don't think that you are taking Yourself a little to seriously. What happened in Europe was Tragic and unforgivable. Get your head out of your A$$ and stop being such an Idiot

1033 days ago
30.

randomnone    

Here we go again....

Well if the dude is Jewish + moronic = *insert obvious answer here*

1033 days ago
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