Gay Anti-Israel Buddhist Claims Pajama Boy Critics are Anti-Semitic


Jay Michaelson, a gay Buddhist of Jewish descent, has taken to the pages of the Forward to warn that if you don’t like Pajama Boy, you’re an Anti-Semite.

Arguably the State of Israel is a better barometer for antisemitism than Pajama Boy, a creepy Obama-loving manchild. But considering that Jay Michaelson is not exactly a fan of Israel, you can see why he would rather use Pajama Boy as the measure instead.

A few weeks before penning for “Leave Pajama Boy Alone” screed, Jay Michaelson wrote that Israel was worse than South Africa.

By 1996, Israel and South Africa were on radically different courses. Mandela was president of a united South Africa, Netanyahu prime minister of a divided Israel. As far as Israel and Palestine are concerned, the situation today is not so different. Yet South Africa has grown, despite enormous challenges and persistent social inequality, into a free and democratic state.

No amount of Israel advocacy can change mathematics. Unless Israel changes its policies, it will soon be quite similar to South Africa in the 1980s, and it’s hard to see why it won’t follow white South Africa’s road to extinction.

While Jay Michaelson can’t see anything anti-semitic about demented ravings of that sort about the Jewish State by a gay Buddhist who wouldn’t survive 5 minutes in Hamastan, he does see anti-semitism in anyone who dislikes Pajama Boy.

“Yes, Virginia, Pajama Boy is a member of the tribe. Look at him. Pale Ashkenazic skin, Jew-fro’d black curls, Woody Allen specs. Even the smart-ass expression on his face screams of the Wise Son from the Passover Seder,” Michaelson writes. “Parenthetically, the model himself is one Ethan Krupp, an Organizing for America staffer who is, in fact, Jewish. But whether Krupp himself is circumcised or not, Pajama Boy is semiotically Jewish, even stereotypically so.”

Pajama Boy doesn’t look particularly Jewish. He does look particularly hipsterish. Plenty of people have compared him to Leonard from Big Bang Theory played by actor Johnny Galecki of Polish, Irish and Italian descent.

In fact, Pajama Boy stands at a centuries-old nexus of anti-Semitism and misogyny. As scholars including Sander Gilman and Daniel Boyarin have shown, Jewish men have been accused of being unmanly for hundreds of years – including by other Jews, such as the early Zionists, whose muscular Judaism was a direct response to diaspora Jewish emasculation.

If you’re following Jay Michaelson’s mental breakdown, Zionists are anti-semites for accusing him of not being masculine enough.

Whether or not the Pajama-Boy bashers are unconsciously anti-Semitic or not, I don’t know. Consciously, they are against everything “Judaism” stands for, at least as construed by its enemies: outsiderness, cosmopolitanism, liberalism, a progressive rather than nativist agenda,

That’s actually not what Judaism stands for. Not that Jay Michaelson would know what Judaism stands for since he isn’t Jewish.

A well known “BuJu” or Buddhist Jew, Jay’s contemplative path includes Theravadan Buddhism, post-denominational Judaism, and earth-based spirituality.

In short, Jay Michaelson is a Buddhist of Jewish descent who is lecturing Pajama Boy critics on being anti-semites. As a Pajama Boy critic who, unlike Michaelson, actually is Jewish, can I just ask the honorable gentleman from Gay Buddhistan to stick to debating issues of relevance to gay Buddhists and stay out of our backyard.

Now if Jay wants to argue that conservatives hate Pajama Boy because he is a stereotypical gay Buddhist, he’s welcome to it.

  • LaidNYC

    Of course pajamaboy looks jewish. how anyone could claim otherwise I have no idea.

    That he might be Jewish and annoyingly liberal is really just par for the course.

    In that way, anti-semitism and anti-liberalism is merely a matter of overlapping.

    • Judenlieber

      He does look Jewish.
      But he doesn’t look like a Krupp…

  • Blazingcatfur

    Funny he doesn’t look Buddhist…

  • A Z

    ‘We Have No Morals, and We Will Attack You’

    – Ethan Krupp (a.k.a Pajama Boy aka “liberal f***” (his words))

  • A Z

    A picture of Ethan Krupp makes for good wallpaper for a computer.

    Mind you that is not something you want on the screen for days on end, because Ethan is just darn creepy. I mean really creepy. His schtick is not original or witty. He presents himself in a way that is not masculine. Even s short or skinny guy can be masculine. Heck many Tunnel Rats in Vietnam were short. Those are men. So it is not something about his height, weight or muscles that make him unmanly.

    Pajama boy is too easy to ridicule. Just set a picture of Pajama Boy as wall paper and add comment balloons filled with his own words. Last, show your nieces, nephews, grandkids what they should not emulate.

  • Habbgun

    Jay might actually be onto something. This flyer is a perfect example of self-hating Jewishness. The family adopts christian trappings because it makes them feel comfortable but of course there is no religious belief. The son comes home from college (college worship is the greatest idolatry the modern Jewish people have found yet) and he is utterly disdainful. He’s found something better. Left wing politics in which money is appropriated for causes that don’t really exist and get passed into other people hands. Its a mandatory ponzi scheme and the kid has seen the light. He gets to run from his background and get some money besides. No wonder he looks so superior and no wonder the Forward is so concerned.

    • laura r

      tha foward should find other things to think about. no one even suggested the pajama boy was jewish, untill i read this. jews are beginning to sound like blacks.

  • laura r

    he looks sothern italian, but so what? its all spec, just an excuse for the writter to shoot off his mouth.

  • earl hickey

    “pajama” is a word derived from the Hindustani languange. could PJ boy really be indian or worse iranian?

  • Jay Michaelsons lawyer

    Jay Michaelson is Jewish, as any google search will attest. He is also pro-Israel, as his many articles stating “I am pro-Israel and pro-peace Zionist” also attest (ask Electronic Intifada, which twitter-bombs him regularly). The amount of misinformation in this slanderous, ad hominem screed is truly shocking.
    However, keep up the good work. It’s by inflaming the far right that you make it easier for Democrats to win the battle for public opinion.