Cheryl Hines graces the cover of Heeb‘s annual goy issue. She’s certainly a worthy selection because if anyone has a right to be an anti-Semite, it’s Larry David’s fictitious wife on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” (And I say that as not only a devoted David fan, but an at-time-unintentional impersonator.) A nice feature accompanies the cover photo:
In the original HBO one-hour Curb Your Enthusiasm special, Larry Davidâs wife was supposed to be Jewish. âOn the first day we were shooting the actual series,â says actress Cheryl Hines, âLarry turned to me and said, âYou know, I donât know if anybody is going to believe that youâre Jewish.â âWell,â I said, âdo I have to be?ââ
And so Cheryl David the TV shiksa wife was born.
But to the showâs credit, her ethnicity has never been manipulated to explore anxieties about class and race. The fictitious David marriage (separation at the time of writing) may be fraught, but that tension isnât attributed to cultural differences as it might have been in decades past. The relationship is fraught simply because Larry is an a—hole.
Also inside, “The Secret Lives of Shabbos Goys.”
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