Thursday, March 7, 2013

TMZ Notices LeBron's Wedding's on Yom Kippur

FOR THE RECORD I didn't get a save-the-date for LeBron James' wedding. But, even if I did I wouldn't be able to attend since his wedding is on Yom Kippur. It was actually that uncovered this fact when they got a hold of one of the save-the-date cards.

In TMZ's coverage of LeBron's upcoming wedding to his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson in San Diego, the celeb gossip site headlined the article "LEBRON JAMES: My Big, Fat... YOM KIPPUR WEDDING!" Nothing wrong with that, but it's the final paragraph that gets right up close to the line of anti-Semitism when they reference the age old joke about Jews and money.

But here's the problem ... Sept. 13 is the beginning of Yom Kippur -- a high holy day in the Jewish religion in which Hebrews and Shebrews are supposed to fast for roughly 24 hours while praying their faces off in temple. And for the record, James DOES have Jewish friends ... including the famous Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto... a man known around New York as the "Rabbi to the Business Stars." The good news ... LeBron will probably save a bunch of cash on the buffet. The bad news ... he won't be able to brag about the savings to the people who would appreciate it. Mazel Tov!!!
Why TMZ thinks that only Jews would appreciate saving money is beyond me. I don't know many people who don't appreciate a savings. But, I guess they needed to find the hook to the story of the wedding conflicting with Yom Kippur and the Rabbi Pinto reference was the best they could do.

If I worked at TMZ I would have gone with the story line that since LeBron James is getting married on Yom Kippur that means that neither Dan Gilbert (CEO of Quicken Loans), the Jewish owner of his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers, nor Micky Arison (CEO of Carnival Corporation), the Jewish owner of his current team the Miami Heat, will be able to attend. Not that Gilbert would have gotten the invitation.