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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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121.

Trina    

I think it is an INclusive ad, intended to bring Jewish people IN on the fun and not leave them out. But some Jewish people get very upset at anyone making a joke besides themselves. I'm sick of the over-sensitivity. Black people can say ANYTHING they want about themselves or about whites, but if whites say something funny that has any racial reference, people who are officially black go NUTS. I think the ADL does NO service to Jewish people. IT makes Jews seem like overly-sensitive cry-babies, when they should be focusing on real evil committed against Jews.

1001 days ago
122.

Peaved    

People are dumb. Any reason to cry foul over anything anymore is all it take s to inflame anyone. STFU and get over it already. It's not like they said "exterminate the jews, buy my vodka" or anything.

1001 days ago
123.

ME    

Ahhh...Christmas Lights...

I love CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, they remind me of Liberals.
They all hang together, half of the suckers don't work, and the ones that do... aren't that bright. JM : )O

1001 days ago
124.

dede    

TMZ said that “ Some dumbass at the Wodka Vodka company thought he could post a billboard reading, "Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing" ... and everything would be cool.” I enlarge the Word Dumbass to prove you wrong and you Harvey said we did not YOUR LIED. If your show TMZ is going to be so Politically Correct about everything, It was a slur that should be addressed with an apology to your Caller. As for Evan, he needs to get a life, and stand up because the sores on his BTM have affected his thinking and have made him uncomfortable to view the real world. This is one reason why there is such a hate for the United States of America. If your feeling are hurt, The Americans will kick your ass. You said that about bullfighting clip the other day. Now!!! Not all Americans are part of the United States. We live in America but We all DO NOT follow your thinking. Americans are also from Mexico and Canada. My trips to the US showed me that Americans (United States Citizens) Have little Geographical skills and did not have much knowledge of Canada and allegedly the world This was do to the some of the DUMBASS question asked of me. I will apologize now for using dumbass. Harvey you need to print a retraction on the work Dumbass. Your poll “The Billboard (GET OVER IT 77%)
Why is there a warning about your show TMZ before it airs. I have heard comments from people that your crew is Foul-mouthed and need to clean up the language also The Redneck insults how some people are described . Do you think that some of this might be offensive to some people? Your the boss Take charge and clean the language up or is this just a good Jews way to attract good advertising and rating

1001 days ago
125.

dede    

TMZ said that “ Some dumbass at the Wodka Vodka company thought he could post a billboard reading, "Christmas Quality, Hanukkah Pricing" ... and everything would be cool.” I enlarge the Word Dumbass to prove you wrong and you Harvey said we did not YOUR LIED. If your show TMZ is going to be so Politically Correct about everything, It was a slur that should be addressed with an apology to your Caller. As for Evan, he needs to get a life, and stand up because the sores on his BTM have affected his thinking and have made him uncomfortable to view the real world. This is one reason why there is such a hate for the United States of America. If your feeling are hurt, The Americans will kick your ass. You said that about bullfighting clip the other day. Now!!! Not all Americans are part of the United States. We live in America but We all DO NOT follow your thinking. Americans are also from Mexico and Canada. My trips to the US showed me that Americans (United States Citizens) Have little Geographical skills and did not have much knowledge of Canada and allegedly the world This was do to the some of the DUMBASS question asked of me. I will apologize now for using dumbass. Harvey you need to print a retraction on the work Dumbass. Your poll “The Billboard (GET OVER IT 77%)
Why is there a warning about your show TMZ before it airs. I have heard comments from people that your crew is Foul-mouthed and need to clean up the language also The Redneck insults how some people are described . Do you think that some of this might be offensive to some people? Your the boss Take charge and clean the language up or is this just a good Jews way to attract good advertising and rating

1001 days ago
126.

joe curtin    

It's the same joke Jack Benny, Woody Allen, Milton Berle, John Stewart and dozens of other brilliant comics made careers out of. The idea of Jews being cheap is a beloved Borscht Belt staple.

The tearing down of this billboard will:

a) attract more attention to Wodka
b) fan the flames of anti-semitism which is just getting worse and worse globally

1000 days ago
127.

miran    

Super hurtful and anti-Semitic. The dog is wearing a yamakkah which is a religious Jewish accessory, and basically the owner of the company is a complete idiot for advertising his product in such a degrading manner. Keep in mind people, Germans were also using disguised propaganda when they started prosecuting Jews for no reason...Shame on this company, I rather drink poison than their cheap ass vodke!blaaaa!

1000 days ago
128.

kylie    

Jeeze, way too sensitive. As a jew the only thing that ofends me is the lie about his reasoning, the meaning is clear and true, jews are....frugal for the most part.

1000 days ago
129.

Jah36    

The only dumbasses here are the TMZ staff. Get a grip! What does this have to do with entertainment? Also, you're picking words out of the reps comments. He also said that it was meant to show value as there are 8 days in hannukah and only 1 day for Christmas. Clearly dumbass TMZ staff is spinning the story to fit their hyper political correctness. If this company wants to put up this billboard, they should have every right to do so. If anyone has a problem with it, don't buy their vodka. Remember, this is still America, dumbasses.

1000 days ago
130.

Intelligenthuman    

Seriously quit using the word anti-semitic in reference to Jews. Most of Israel are descendants from people deposited there that were from Europe. Egyptians are an actual semitic people. Also Jewish is not a race, idiots.

1000 days ago
131.

Robin    

worse than the billboard was TMZ's comment that they took a survey and 76% of people hate JEWS. I'd like to see that survey. What a terrible thing to hear on Thanksgiving eve, I was terribly hurt and outraged. What's terrible is that people get hurt from VERY unkind, untrue words. TMZ should be ashamed of themselves.

1000 days ago
132.

Lana Caine    

Where can i buy some?

1000 days ago
133.

upyours    

23% of people who took the survey are Jewish
76% of people who took the survey are non-Jewish

999 days ago
134.

some guy    

Grown ups who believe in fiery tales are stupid.

997 days ago
135.

rockclimber    

It is silly that anyone would call it anti-semitic, it was very funny and I appreciated the humor!

995 days ago
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