Meet the newest bar mitzvah DJ in town: Katy Perry

The pop sensation's latest single features her dressed as "Yosef Shulem," bar mitzva DJ who loves telling rabbi jokes.

By JTA
April 24, 2014 08:49
culture

Katy Perry dressed up as bar mitzva DJ. (photo credit: YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT)

 
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Katy Perry has released a new promo video for her new single, “Birthday,” that features the singer as a mistress of disguise.

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Among other birthday-related professionals — an aged dancer named Goldie (for her “golden nuggets”) and a Craigslist birthday clown — Perry dresses as “Yosef Shulem,” a bar mitzvah DJ who has a penchant for telling offensive rabbi jokes.

Pop culture mavens who caught wind of the ire Perry drew after dressing as a geisha at the American Music Awards might have expected the pop star to learn a little about cultural (in)appropriation. But there she is, wearing a kippah, a Jew-fro, and some hastily applied facial hair.

Maybe Perry is just riding the wave of other famous bar mitzvah videos.  But the kippah-slapping, gravel-voiced Yosef Shulem character is enough to give us pause — or maybe refrain from downloading her new single.

“Did you hear about the rabbi who gave out free circumcisions?” Perry-as-Shulem asks. “He worked for tips!”

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