July 3, 2009
Sizzling Nude Bar Rafaeli..Commentary
The hottest part of a naked Bar Rafeli video making the You Tube rounds is the comments section. Stick a nude music video of a supermodel up on YouTube and you’d expect some misogynist, lewd, perverse and creepy comments.
But when the supermodel is ISRAELI, and Jewish, the comments can take on a whole other, um, complexion. It’s not enough to discuss a beautiful woman, the commenters have to bring in her religion, her country’s politics, the history of the Jewish people…. do they do that with Gisele Bundchen?
The black and white video, part of a promotion for an art exhibit sponsored by the Israeli company SuperPharm, features top model Rafaeli, a native of Hod HaSharon north of Tel Aviv, provocatively lolling around on a couch to the strain of PJ Harvey’s “Dear Darkness.” It went up on YouTube two days ago and hs already attracted over 330,000 views.
But it’s not just a video, it’s a Rorschach Test on public attitudes toward Israel, Israeli and Jews. Some people look at Bar Rafaeli and see a stunning woman, or Leo DiCaprio’s ex, or breasts and legs, but others—a lot of others judging by the comments—see occupation, injustice, der Sturmer caracatures… the usual.
The comments. Oy, the comments.
“this girl doesn’t look jewish, probably she is mixed. real jewish girls are ugly like shit,” said one.
“you are a racist, ignorant piece of shit” came the response. Then this string:
“all of you racists ..keep jealouse
“Non of them are rabbis. Most successful people on Earth would be Europeans and Americans with German ancestry…”
Then came more comments on Israel. Arguments. Etc.
Even some pro-Israel types weigh in with their complaints: “WHY DONT YOU SERVE IN IDF , instead of creating damn porn ads. Poor taste for ISRAELI Artist .....”
Hey, what about the pretty woman on the couch?
There will always be some people who prefer to hate, to stereotype, to use every opportunity to bash and demean. To look at Bar Rafaeli and just feel hate and anger—poor poor souls.