Jewish Journal

Whose rebbe is Woody Allen?

by Brad A. Greenberg

May 10, 2007 | 10:23 am

I guess he’s American Apparel founder Dov Charney’s in this billboard from NY’s Lower East Side, via the Forward.

Beside the photo of Allen dressed as a Hasid are the words “der heyliker rebe” — “the holy rebbe.” Alex Spunt of AA told the Forward, “Woody Allen is our spiritual leader.”

I’m looking around Los Angeles to see if American Apparel, which is based here, has put the same ad up. Let me know if you see it.

As for Charney, a self-described “Jewish hustler,” he has been a conspicuous character, with a reputation for racy ads and the cloud of harassment accusations that the Jewish Journal wrote about in this cover story two years ago. (“I could pull my penis out right now,” he told The Journal, “and I guarantee you no one would be offended.”)

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