Amazon Series “Hunters” and a “Jewface,” and “Jewploitation” Commentary
Last night we were watching a series on Amazon Prime titled, “Hunters.” At first I liked it, and then about halfway through I turned to Tony and asked if he thought it was appropriate for non-Jewish actors to play Jewish characters, especially when the Jewish characters are so exaggerated. And the reason I asked is because the character played by one actor seemed so painfully exaggerated and so riddled with Jewish stereotypes. And he’s not the only one.
With that said, I’m not Jewish and I honestly never really noticed this before. I didn’t even know there was something called “Jewface” or “Jewploitation,” but I have seen (and posted about) the way straight actors play gayface in films, not to mention the way Hollywood exploits gay content without any regard for actual gay artists. They just step right over everyone with their privilege.
So later last night I did a search just to see if anyone else was wondering about “Hunters” and non-Jewish people, and I found even more than I thought I would.
This one is very interesting. It’s an interview with a Rabbi who’s also a writer, and he shares his opinions about the Jewish content in “Hunters.” I understand this with respect to gay content. There were scenes in “Brokeback Mountain” that simply never would have happened if it had been written by a gay author and the actors had been gay.
How did you feel as a Jewish person watching it?
It’s a good question, but my initial reaction, having watched the first three episodes, is that it really doesn’t feel all that Jewish to me.
They actually go on to mention that it seems “fake Jewish.” And this is what happens when non-Jewish people take over Jewish content, and also when non-gay people take over gay content.
And here’s a link to an article about the play, “Falsettos,” with regard to non-Jewish actors playing Jewface. They get into a lot more about cultural appropriation.
I just think it’s all interesting because we don’t hear that much about it in the mainstream, at least not yet anyway.
Do Gay Guys Cuddle With Hetero Pals?
I’m just linking to this one, so don’t blame me for the content if it sounds a little silly. It’s really not silly at all. It’s another one of those Reddit threads where a lonely guy wants to know if it’s possible just to get basic non-sexual physical contact with another guy.
He want’s to know if there are any other guys who cuddle with their straight male friends…without having sex.
Here’s the link, and there are a few replies. I know it sounds light on the surface, but it’s interesting with respect to the way men, in general, are taught never to make any physical contact.
What readers are saying about “Uncertainty”
“A wonderful story that I loved. The characters were well developed, and strong. Gus: A sweet young man. Doing something for all the wrong reasons. Craig: his boyfriend, he’ll go along with anything Gus say. Henry: Gus father a no nonsense man, who’s husband died last year. I enjoyed this story.”
What readers said about “Altered Parts”
“Best Gay Novel In Years. This story will stay with you and you will feel you know every character and the beauty of their home in the mountains of North Carolina.”
What readers said about Kendle’s Fire.
While the book is easily readable, it also addresses emotions stereotypes and relationships. I would have preferred it be 3 times as long and tragically most guys don’t find happy endings as depicted.. but in a short book, it provides food for thought, clarity and insight.. far more and better expressed than 99% of gay fiction . I don’t think it could have been done better.